Monday, October 5, 2009

5:04 PM

It happened 20 years ago on a quiet evening just like any other. At 5:00 p.m., people were either getting off of work or wrapping up their projects for the day, preparing to go home or out to dinner. At Candlestick Park, the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants were just about to launch the third game of the 1989 World Series. Within the next 5 minutes, a tremor ripped right across the San Francisco Bay Area and almost immediately, confusion and chaos erupted: Car alarms blared, traffic lights lost power, and buses and cars in the streets came to a stop.

On the evening of October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area. Take a trip down memory lane by accessing photographs of this event through the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection--one of many SFPL-Created Research Tools:
1. Go to the SFPL Home Page and select “SFPL-Created Research Tools.”
2. Under the “San Francisco Resources” category, select "SF Historical Photograph Collection."

3. Enter "loma prieta earthquake" into the search box to pull up photographs of the earthquake.

4. Select "View image" to see these photos and "View Record" to get more information.

Last but not least, prepare for the Big Rumble at the San Francisco Public Library: Learn more about earthquake preparedness and watch a documentary narrating a first-person account of the 1989 World Series Earthquake Game on Wednesday, October 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library.

Photo courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

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