The other earthquake of note to hit San Francisco and the Bay Area was the Loma Prieta quake in 1989. Otherwise known as the World Series earthquake, this 6.9 shaker rocked the Bay Area for about 10-15 seconds, but left more than 60 people dead, up to 4,000 injured, and approximately 12,000 people homeless.
This quake is referred to at the World Series Earthquake because the initial shaking occurred while the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants were warming up for the third game in the 1989 World Series. Because this was obviously a big event and covered by major news broadcasting networks, this was the first earthquake's rumblings to be broadcast live on TV.
Of the deaths caused by the quake, the only one on the Bay Bridge occurred when a section of the Bridge collapsed (see above) and crushed a car underneath. A great number of deaths occurred in Oakland because of the failure of a double decker section of freeway that collapsed. Interestingly, the deaths on the freeways could have been much higher, but since the World Series game was about to start, traffic was light due to many commuters staying behind in the city to watch the game or attend viewing parties.
In San Francisco particularly, the highest degree of damage was felt in the Marina District (where I live). Since the Marina, along with a few other areas of the city, is built on soil and rubble from the San Francisco Bay, the ground is notoriously unsteady. During the 1989 quake, the soil beneath the Marina basically liquified - compromising most of the structures built upon it.
Something I shouldn't have done but I did anyway was research the probabilities of future large earthquakes in the Bay Area. Scientists (2003) have estimated that ten quakes will occur before 2030 (obviously this does not include the micro and mini shakers the Bay Area feels often). Of these ten, six or seven will range in magnitude from 6.7 to 7.9. If you read my last post - you'll understand that this is major quakeage. The damage these could cause is estimated to be equal to or greater than the 1989 Loma Prieta. Just for reference, that earthquake caused over $6 billion in just structural damage. This doesn't even include the economic loss sustained by the Bay Area and obviously the loss of life.
Maybe we're crazy to live here, but if God willed, we could be killed in an earthquake anywhere right? And isn't it beautiful?
"Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it."
-- Mother Teresa
bethany lives in san francisco with her husband marc.
Marc was born in Florida and lived most of his life in Greenville, SC. Bethany was born in Georgia and lived in Texas for 17 years before moving to South Carolina where she met Marc while working at a church camp. They were married in 2007.
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