KindaSquare#17: A One of A Kind 6.9 on 10.17.1989

Fifteen seconds of fear at 5:09 pm on October 17, 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay area. Walking down from the 10 floor of an office building, waiting a long time for a bus to get home, arriving after dark to a mess. It was the days before cell phone lights. I felt my way up the stairs to the third floor (US). Miracle of miracles the phone lines still worked, and I was eventually able to get through to my mother to let her know I was okay. I lived in the Inner Sunset near Golden Gate Park in an area that it turns out had been built on a marshy area. The aftershocks were more than unsettling. I spent that night in the neighbor’s backyard with the rest of the building residents.

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I wish I has taken more photos but it was so difficult to get around the city. The uncertainty of having no power and lights was scary. I learned you should always have some cash on you because ATMs don’t work when there is no power. 🙂

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I know. When I was in Sweden a couple of years ago, I didn’t see any cash at all. it was very strange and a bit annoying when I had to pay a service fee to use my US credit card when they wouldn’t take cash. I guess the world moves on. 🙂

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I was there but I remember this earthquake so well, we had not long returned from San Francisco and had friends in the city. So glad you were okay, must have been terrifying.

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It was scary, and a bit ironic. When it happened I was in the middle of a therapy session for anxiety attacks. And the therapist is the one that panicked. 🙂 🙂


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