The loma prieta earthquake is the latest in a series of destructive earthquakes that have rocked the san francisco bay area during historic times (table 1) the epicenter was located on the san andreas fault roughly 56 miles south of san francisco in the santa cruz mountains. Loma prieta earthquake the time was 5:04 pm on october 17, 1989 sixty-two thousand baseball fans were preparing to watch the san francisco giants and oakland a's in what was called the battle of the bay, the world series. The 1989 loma prieta earthquake differed from most of the forecasted events in two ways: (1) it occurred with considerable dip-slip in addition to strike-slip motion, and (2) it was much deeper than expected. The loma prieta earthquake the loma prieta earthquake struck on october 17, 1989, at 5:04 pm game 3 was scheduled to start at 5:35 pm at candlestick park in san francisco , and thousands of people were already in the stadium when the quake occurred. 1989 loma prieta earthquake photo gallery this october marks the 20th anniversary of the 1989 loma prieta earthquake that shook the bay area during the late-afternoon on october 17th with a 69.
This video documents scenes of the october 17, 1989 loma prieta earthquake and its aftermath the largest to hit the san francisco area since 1906 and registering a 71 magnitude, the loma prieta. The 1989 loma prieta san francisco earthquake was the second most devastating earthquake in sf's history visit the sf 1906 earthquake page to learn more about the other famous san francisco earthquake or visit the what causes quakes page to get more cool facts. Three weeks in october: three weeks in the life of the bay area, the 1989 world series, and the loma prieta earthquake, produced in collaboration with the sf giants, the oakland athletics, and mlb hardcover – november 1, 1990.
One of the most costly and damaging disasters in us history, the 1989 loma prieta earthquake was the largest earthquake to strike california since 1952 and the most devastating to hit the san francisco bay area since 1906. Post-loma prieta studies of the 1906 san francisco, california, earthquake in the loma prieta region of the san andreas fault zone show the loma prieta and 1906 events with different senses of slip and fault-plane dip. The magnitude 71 lorna prieta earthquake, which occurred at 5:04 pm pdt on october 17, 1989, was felt over an area of approximately 1,000,000 km2 [plafker and galloway, 1989.
 in this paper, we present a new 3-d seismic velocity model for the rupture zone of the 1989 loma prieta earth-quake and high-resolution v p/v s estimates by using the differential times from waveform cross-correlation. Overview of fire service responses near the epicenter of the loma prieta earthquake this article was written by edward j phipps, a retired chief of the san francisco fire department, and is used with his permission. Flashback 1989: the loma prieta earthquake shook the san francisco bay area on the evening of the third game of the world series luckily, the san francisco giants were playing the oakland a's and. 1989 san francisco–oakland earthquake map of the 1989 san francisco–oakland earthquake (also known as the loma prieta earthquake) the quake struck with a moment magnitude of 69 on october 17, just before the start of the third game of the world series, which was being held at san francisco's candlestick park.
On october 17, 1989, the central coast of california experienced the loma prieta earthquakethe earthquake caused more damage than any earthquake in california since the famous 1906 san francisco earthquake. Loma prieta earthquake strikes near san francisco an earthquake hits the san francisco bay area on this day in 1989, killing 67 people and causing more than $5 billion in damages. Earthquake loma prieta california 1989 the loma prieta earthquake was a major earthquake that struck the san francisco bay area of california on october 17, 1989, at 5:04 pm local time caused by a slip along the san andreas fault, the quake lasted 10–15 seconds and measured 69 on the moment. On october 17, 1989, a 69 magnitude earthquake ripped through the bay area it was 15 chilling seconds that changed the bay area forever and 25 years later, those 15 seconds still evoke pictures.
1989 loma prieta earthquake october 17, 1989 at 5:04 pm 25th anniversary events learn about the various activities and events planned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the loma prieta earthquake in october 2014. Peak accelerations of the loma prieta main shock have been tabulated from instruments maintained by a number of organizations a subset of 86 records from nominally free-field sites have been analyzed which have been subdivided into rock, alluvium, and bay-mud categories according to data available in various reports after correction for attenuation, the peak accelerations on rock, alluvium. Figure 1: san francisco east-bay shoreline, showing locations of sites where liquefaction-induced damage occurred from 1989 loma prieta earthquake and of study sites where soil investigations were performedclick on figure for larger image.
The day the earth moved - the loma prieta earthquake - october 17, 1989 - san francisco is hit by a deadly earthquake - this day in 1989. Editor's note: this year is the 25th anniversary of the october 17, 1989, loma prieta earthquake to mark this event, the article below is an updated version of our in-depth 20th anniversary retrospective published five years ago. The loma prieta earthquake's legacy is still shaping the landscape of the city 25 years later a major policy push just before the 1989 disaster revolved around unreinforced masonry -- basically chimneys and other brick structures that were not held up by a building's primary beams.