Loma Prieta: Where Were You 23 Years Ago Today?

Were you at work? On your way home from school? At the World Series game at Candlestick Park? Tell us in the comments your memories of the Loma Prieta earthquake that struck 23 years ago today.

It was the largest earthquake the Bay Area had seen since 1906, and at the end of those 15 horrifying seconds, the Loma Prieta quake left 63 people dead, nearly 4,000 injured and thousands homeless, and the 1989 World Series came to an abrupt halt.

As recalled by a photo essay on Huffington Post, the Loma Prieta earthquake brought the Bay Area to its knees.

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing at 5:04 p.m. on Oct. 17, 1989?

Tell us your recollections of that memorable day in the comment section below.

Jamie White (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I was doing homework at home, about to start watching the World Series Game, when I felt it. A Bay Area native, I was very used to earthquakes but this one for sure was the scariest I have ever felt, thought the ground was going to open up and suck me in! The aftershocks weren't wimpy either....
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I was living in Columbus, OH watching the World Series and getting ready to board a plane the next day to SF on our way to Asia. We missed our connection at SFO and had to spend 24 hours in San Fran., which was a ghost town needless to say.
Rick Eymer October 17, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I was standing in line for a beer and hot dog in the second deck of Candlestick Park. My dad and nephew were in their seats in Section 62. When the earthquake hit, I was next to a pole and so grabbed it. After it was over, there was a lot of cheering. No one left the line either. I got my beer and hot dog, and went back to the seats. My nephew, I think he was 7 or 8 at the time, went to the police station inside Candlestick because he was afraid I had been hurt. We found him there about an hour later. It took nearly three hours to get home to Foster City (I moved to San Carlos the next year) and found my garage was a mess but the house was in pretty good shape.
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) October 17, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Amazing what guys will do for a beer and a 'dog.....
Cy Young award October 19, 2012 at 04:05 AM
I was getting ready to watch the World Series and when the quivering started I thought, "Another quake" but, when the rolling and crackling of the house started, I ran to my daughter's room where she was napping (4 1/2 months old). My wife and I loaded our daughter and 1-y/o pup in the car and checked on relatives. I then reported to my firehouse in S.F. and worked non stop for 72 hours including 6 hours in the Marina District where my wife and I grew up. I'll never forget the poor family we recovered in the pancaked apt. building.


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