Seen here October 20, 1989 Photo ran 10/23/1989, P. C11, A passerby looks at the fallen wall of the Capitola Venetian Motel and apartment complex after the Loma Prieta earthquake October 20, 1989, The Ceballos family of Watsonville watches TV by a barbecue because they're concerned their homes are unsafe after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 17, 1989, Mike Miller , Pastor of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Watsonville conducts mass in the auditorium of nearby Notre Dame High School after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 22, 1989, A building in Watsonville tthat was damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake, carries a hopeful message supporting the Giants in the World Series, October 26, 1989, A structural engineer moves on to check another building in Los Gatos after the Loma Prieta earthquake. The epicenter: Rediscovered photos show Loma Prieta quake’s Santa Cruz devastation, Photo: Scott Sommerdorf / The Chronicle 1989, A landslide caused the Loma Prieta earthquake would block southbound lanes Interstate Highway 17 across the Santa Cruz Mountains, October 18, 1989, Photo: Steve Castillo / The Chronicle 1989, Downtown Santa Cruz was severely damaged as seen here the day after the the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 23, 1989, Children walk by a home at the corner of 5th and Jefferson Ave. in Watsonville damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 26, 1989 Photo ran 11/2/1990, P 10, Briefing, A group of residents of Watsonville are staying in tents at the Watsonville High School because their homes are unsafe after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 17, 1989, Santa Cruz County towns get blasted b y the the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 19, 1989, Bing Loeong Yim stood in the rain with other Pacific Garden Mall merchants in downtown Santa Cruz . Use them to answer the following: 2 Where was the epicenter? The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in Northern California on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time (1989-10-18 00:04 UTC). Oct. 17 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The building was damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake and may have to be demolished , October 20, 1989, A search dog os checking rubble near a landslide on Bonny Down Beach in Santa Cruz County after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 23, 1989, Santa Cruz County towns face unique problems a year after after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 15, 1990, The De la Cruz and Shaffer boys play, as both families are sleeping out under the stars on Brewington Street in Watsonville because they worry homes are unsafe after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 19, 1989, A family in Watsonville who used to live in the house in the background now lives in this tent because their home is unsafe after the Loma Prieta earthquake, November 15, 1989, A group of residents of Watsonville still I've in FEMA trailers a year after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 9, 1990 Photo ran 10/15/1990, P. A4, Nine months after the Loma Prieta earthquake, Santa Cruz Hardware was located in a large tent, in a parking lot behind the site of Pacific Garden Mall, which was severely damaged by the quake, July 10, 1990, Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice / The Chronicle 1990, Robert Buonasera removes from valuables from his house near Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz mountains. Up-to-date information about Photo CD is on the World Wide Web at http://www.kodak.com/go/photocd. “I know the sign says danger, but I don’t have anything going.”. CLICK HERE to browse the screen-resolution images (JPEGs at about 768 x 512 pixels; /screens folder). The town had already been behind in housing its residents when the quake hit. Last modified: July 2, 2009, IV. Smack! He followed through. He has a weekly column “From the Archive”, that focuses on photo coverage of historic events. At roughly 5:00 pm on October 17, 1989, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred on the San Andreas Fault, centered near Loma Prieta in the Santa Cruz Mountains. “It was just a double whammy,” said Terry Medina, the town’s police chief. • Changed life: Thirty years ago, a firefighter made a vow while rescuing a woman after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Feel free to use any of these images but please cite the photographer and the U.S. Geological Survey. CLICK HERE to browse the PCD image collection (PCDs at 3072 x 2048 pixels; /photocd folder). Reminiscent of the 1906 earthquake, the earth shook, like a table bumped, causing a house of cards to fall. This publication consists of the online version of a CD-ROM publication, U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-29. Boulder Creek resident Robert Buonasera narrowly missed going down with his house. BRUCE BABBITT, Secretary, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Bill Van Niekerken is the Library Director of the San Francisco Chronicle. Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225 “He remembered staggering outside, the Earth’s violent rocking throwing him down three times and the Jaguar parked outside bouncing so high off the dirt road he could see underneath it,” DelVecchio wrote. “It was terrible, it was brutal.”. For this column Bill scans and publishes 20-30 images from photos and negatives that haven’t been seen in many years. The images in this file are 600 dpi, sufficient resolution for making high-quality copies on most desktop printers. Subscribe to the Chronicle Vault newsletter and get classic archive stories in your in-box twice a week. Peterson, Stephen D. Ellen, Ralph A. Haugerud, Robert J. McLaughlin, G. Reid Fisher, and Michael F. Diggles, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR CLICK HERE to view the captions file (captions.txt) for this publication in ASCII format. Loma Prieta in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He does research for reporters and editors and manages the photos, negatives and text archives. telephone: 888 ASK-USGS; e-mail: infoservices@usgs.gov, The URL of this page is The buildings was damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake , October 20, 1989 Photo ran 10/25/1989, P. A1, Photo: Deanne Fitzmaurice / The Chronicle 1989, Resident Kenny Reid shores up pilings under his from his house near Lompico Canyon in the Santa Cruz mountains. The focal depth was 11 miles (typical California earthquake focal depths are 4 to 6 miles). MAGNITUDE AND EPICENTER The Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. This report is also available on CD-ROM from: USGS Information Services, Box 25286, On October 17th, 1989, California's Central Coast was rocked by the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake. Charles G. Groat, Director. 1. The Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the Quake of '89 and the World Series Earthquake, [4] was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989, at 5:04 pm local time. Screen Resolution—[786 x 512 pixels] Ideal for computer viewing and multimedia projects. CLICK HERE to browse the print-resolution images (TIFs at about 2000 x 3000 pixels; /tif folder). October 26, 1989 Photo ran 11/01/1989, p. 10 Briefing Section, A group of residents of Watsonville are staying in tents at the Watsonville High School because their homes are unsafe after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 23, 1989 Photo ran 10/29/1989, P.6 Sunday Punch, Summit Road in the Santa Cruz Mountains was lifted up and over by theLoma Prieta earthquake, October 17, 1989 Seen here somewhat repaired October 23, 1989, A group of residents of Watsonville line up for water from a large tanker on Main Street, after the Loma Prieta earthquake has damaged the water system.October 19, 1989. We expect that the shaking in the next 1906-type earthquake will probably not be much more intense than the shaking felt in 1989 near the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake, but it will last longer -- perhaps 45 to 60 seconds or more. Oakland City Hall was evacuated after the earthquake until a US$80 million (equivalent to US$165 million today) seismic retrofit and hazard abatement work was completed in 1995. The quake lasted 15 seconds and struck during the peak of evening rush hour. “The drain was already under way before 1989; the Oct. 17 quake worsened it.”. “Downtown crumpled into the street,” Nolte wrote. Though the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 lasted only for a duration of roughly 20 seconds, it was one of the worst earthquakes to have hit the San Francisco Bay Area in California; leaving over 63 people dead and injuring thousands more. The earthquake accelerated trends in Watsonville that were already taking place, reporter Kevin Fagan wrote 20 years later, especially as a major recession hit. The epicenter was on the San Andreas fault roughly 56 miles south of San Francisco and 10 miles northeast of Santa Cruz, near Mt. Near the epicenter, earth itself had been torn apart. In one rented home, “four young male farm workers were sleeping inside, ignoring the condemnation notice posted by city inspectors on the front door.”, “No place to go,” Raul Bacerrea, 23, told DelVecchio through a translator. CLICK HERE to browse the thumbnails (GIFs at about 192 x 128 pixels; /thumbs folder). More than 4,500 people were displaced and the damage created a homelessness crisis in one of the county’s agricultural centers and remade downtown Santa Cruz. Like what you’re reading? Death, destruction, and havoc were again visited upon the San Francisco area in 1989. However, using the Universal Ektachrome or Universal Kodachrome transforms found in your software will provide excellent color. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church had to be ripped down and rebuilt. Others had collapsed into the street,” she said. The epicenter was located at 37.04° N. latitude, 121.88° W. longitude near Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, approximately 14 km (9 mi) northeast of Santa Cruz and 96 km (60 mi) south-southeast of San Francisco. The earthquake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale, classifying it as "major".The earthquake ran along the San Andreas Fault, the epicenter was located near the Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. CLICK HERE to view a slideshow (slideshow.pdf; 36 MB). For users who have commercial software that can read and print PCD files, the photographs are provided in this publication in that format in the "photocd" folder. “Most stood wordless before the trench, awed by the jagged wound in the redwood forest,” the reporters wrote. This online version does not include the Acrobat Search index files. “It was eerie,” Mardi Wormhoudt, then mayor, told Chronicle writer Carl Nolte 10 years later. It can be easy to forget that Santa Cruz County was hit hard by the temblor on Oct. 17, 1989, when most of the memories seared into the collective consciousness are of the dramatic devastation around the Marina, the Embarcadero, the Bay Bridge and the Cypress Structure. Summit Road Area, Santa Cruz Mountains. Pow! The images in this file are 1024 x 768 pixels. The earthquake occurred when the crustal rocks comprising the Pacific and North American Plates abruptly slipped as much as 2 meters (7 ft) along their common boundary-the San Andreas fault system. It’s part of Chronicle Vault, a twice-weekly newsletter highlighting more than 150 years of San Francisco stories. Fire Road to Aptos Creek Trail and back. The shaking lasted 20 seconds. The shock was centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park approximately 10 mi (16 km) northeast of Santa Cruz on a section of the San Andreas Fault System and was named for the nearby Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Thumbnail—[192 x 128 pixels] Contact-sheet-size images for quick previewing of the entire collection. Each was recorded at a different seismic station. A six-mile hike in Nisene Marks State Park to the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. In the Santa Cruz Mountains in the forest of Nisene Marks State Park, about 16 kilometers northeast of Santa Cruz and about 7 kilometers south of Loma Prieta Mountains, California. by Garrett McAuliffe. There was one death in Watsonville, and no significant Urban Search and Rescue requirements. The site is a quite a distance from the urban Bay area and San Francisco, where the tremors brought down bridges and houses. Santa Cruz looked as if it had been bombed. “I prefer being out here,” Jill Bard said. CLICK HERE to view the version-history file (version_history.txt) for this publication in ASCII format. Let's Work Together! The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred on California’s Central Coast on October 17 at 5:04 p.m. local time (1989-10-18 00:04 UTC). Forest of Nisene Marks State Park: Epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. In the hierarchy of file formats, Photo CD (YCC) resides above BMP, EPS, GIF, JPEG, MOV, PCX, PICT, PSD, TIF, TIFF, etc., enabling end users to go from YCC to other formats, but not in the other direction without losing image quality. Disclaimer: Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. On October 17, 1989, at 5:04:15 p.m. By John K. Nakata, Charles E. Meyer, Howard G. Wilshire, John C. Tinsley, William S. Updegrove, D.M. Read hundreds of historical stories, see thousands of archive photos, and sort through 154 years of classic Chronicle front pages at SFChronicle.com/vault. Figure 169 shows three simulated seismograms from the October 17, 1989, Loma Prieta Earthquake. We especially thank Alpha CD Imaging of Menlo Park, Calif. for their technical assistance. The epicenter was located in the Santa Cruz mountains, near Loma Prieta peak, about 70 miles south of San Francisco. The PCD files linked below are the same print-quality images. Has just able to get out of the house during the Loma Prieta earthquake before his house slid down the hill, Seen here October 25, 1989 Photo ran 10/27/1989, P. A20. A San Francisco culture podcast, hosted by Peter Hartlaub. This devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Northern California on Oct. 17, 1989, with the Bay Area and Central Coast bearing the brunt of the impact. Candlestick Park, hosting the World Series, rocked and shivered. Seven people died in the county, and more than 800 were injured. While more than 600 people were being housed in shelters, others were living in tents and sleeping in vans, despite city officials attempting to get people to move into the formal shelters. This major earthquake caused 63 deaths, 3,757 injuries, and an estimated $6 billion in property damage. A group of residents of Watsonville help feed their neighbors in Watsonville after the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 23, 1989. At 5:04 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1989, a magnitude-6.9 earthquake with an epicenter in the forests above Aptos abruptly ended Central California's long seismic slumber. A Journey to the Epicenter of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake Located deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains in an area known as The Forest of Nisene Marks is … “Toward the end of the shake, the house gave way, tipping 6 feet over the edge of the ravine and coming to rest at a 45-degree angle. San Francisco’s Marina went up in flames. CLICK HERE for references and links for further reading. Research was done using paper clippings, and cameras shot film. A quite a distance from the urban Bay area and San Mateo county Coast, IX of CD-ROM. 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