Wayback Wednesday: Loma Prieta Earthquake 1989

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Cypress Street Viaduct/Nimitz Freeway/Interstate 880
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In 1989, at 5:04pm local time in California, a 6.9-7.1 magnitude earthquake struck an area nearly 10 miles northeast of Santa Cruz on the Loma Prieta segment of the San Andreas Fault. The epicenter was in The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park. Named for the Loma Prieta Peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the effects and damage covered Santa Cruz County, Monterey County, the San Francisco Peninsula, the ‘Frisco Bay and across the bay in Oakland. There were 3,700+ injuries and 63-67 deaths (depending upon what article you read) and $5-$6 billion dollars in damage. The earthquake disrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.

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San Francisco Bay Bridge
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San Fran Earthquake Image
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Other October 17 history:

1814…..The London Beer Flood kills eight people. (Yes, this actually happened.)

1931…..Al Capone goes to prison for tax evasion. (Addendum: There seems to be confusion on the specific date of his conviction. Time Magazine, The NYTimes and the History Channel say the 17th. The FBI says the 18th. Pick one…)

1973…..OPEC imposes the oil embargo as punishment for assisting Israel during the Yom Kippur War. (Remember those gas lines, anyone?)

1979…..President Jimmy Carter signs into law the Department of Education Organization Act, creating the U.S. Department of Education and renaming the Department of Health, Education & Welfare to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (Because the government wasn’t big enough, already…)

2018…..Canada just legalized cannabis for recreational use…today!

11 thoughts on “Wayback Wednesday: Loma Prieta Earthquake 1989

    Kenneth T. said:
    October 18, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Some terrible news, some good, and some great (Go Canada!)
    *** com’on US of A get with it

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      October 18, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Yeah. The US makes too much money on cannabis being illegal.

    bottomlesscoffee007 said:
    October 18, 2018 at 7:26 am

    I remember that game. On another note, whenever weed is legalized, I would like to see the elected representatives toke up before I do. I am very suspicious of all of these recent changes to cannabis.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      October 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      I remember watching the clips of the stadium & the highway destruction.

      That synthetic crap? OMFG. I have seen some video of folks smoking that garbage. GEEZUS. If the US “blanket” legalizes it, nationwide, you can bet the FDA will control it and bastardize both the THC & the CBD. Oh, the human arrogance over Mother Nature.

      I really don’t have a dog in that hunt, anyway. I tried, on three distinct occasions in the middle 80s, to smoke the stuff. My body chemistry does not like it. I don’t get high, I get paranoid. 😳

        bottomlesscoffee007 said:
        October 18, 2018 at 12:40 pm

        It’s just a shame that the government along with the neighbors are ready to run their long time local drug dealers out of business.

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          October 18, 2018 at 1:01 pm

          Heh. Unless they legalize Meth, Coke & Smack, business as usual. Hell, the *biggest* drug dealers right now are “whitecoats”. Do you know what the street value is for *one* opioid pill?

          As long as the CIA exists and a Bush is alive, our gubment will always have a drug profit.

    bottomlesscoffee007 said:
    October 18, 2018 at 7:27 am

    And the criminal Carter, enslaving generations to misinformation and idiocy!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      October 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      GAWD. Don’t EVEN get me started on that pinhead, Brzezinski-puppet.

    floatinggold said:
    October 24, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I know it’s terrible, but a beer flood? Seems like a better way to go. No?

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      October 25, 2018 at 12:10 am

      You know, I just can’t even imagine either…

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