On October 17th, 1989, San Francisco Bay Area was hit by the Loma Prieta earthquake, one of the most powerful and destructive quakes ever to hit a populated area of the United States.

The earthquake was triggered in a San Andreas Fault and had a 6.9 magnitude. The epicenter was located near Loma Prieta Peak, but the shaking was also felt in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

63 people died and 3,757 were injured at The Loma Prieta earthquake, which also caused $6 billion in property damage —approximately 16,000 houses were inhabitable after the quake. 

Nonetheless, this remarkable tragedy made us aware of the importance of preparedness in case a natural disaster happens, and many actions have been taken since then. One example is the Great California ShakeOut drill, an excellent opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes: “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.”

This year the event will take place on Thursday, October 17th, on the same date of the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake. 

Participating in these preventive actions is the best way to commemorate the tragedy many lived 30 years ago. 

Join this opportunity and learn how to be safe during an earthquake!

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Shakeout.org. (2019). Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. [online] Available at: https://www.shakeout.org/dropcoverholdon/ [Accessed 16 Oct. 2019].

HISTORY. (2019). San Francisco Earthquake of 1989. [online] Available at: https://www.history.com/topics/natural-disasters-and-environment/1989-san-francisco-earthquake

Society, N. (2019). Loma Prieta Earthquake. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/thisday/oct17/loma-prieta-earthquake

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