October 17, 1989

17 years ago today, the earth shook here in the San Francisco Bay Area in what became known as the Loma Prieta Earthquake. I was an exchange stundent at Saratoga High back then. That afternoon, I happened to be only a few miles away from the epicenter (though we weren’t the hardest hit and suffered only minor damage). We were hanging out watching tv, I remember MTV was playing Love Shack by The B52’s at 5.04pm when the house and everything in it started moving as if a giant had stopped by to casually hand out a massage of the entire building. According to official resources, the jolts lasted only 15 seconds, but to both my Colombian host brother and me it seemed like much longer. And of course we did what everybody tells you you’re not supposed to do: we ran outside as fast as we could once we realized what was going on.

Oh well, exciting and memorable times. Which reminds me, I still need to get my disaster preparedness kit in place. You never know: the Big One might be just around the corner…

One Response to “October 17, 1989”

  1. Planblog » Blog Archive » Loma Prieta Says:

    [...] 20 years ago yesterday, I was watching MTV. Then the house started shaking (I jotted down a few more details of this memorable incicent in this 2006 post). [...]

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