Saturday: Share Your Memories of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Crowds in Candlestick Park after the earthquake

Where were you when the last big earthquake struck?

On Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm at the Bernal Heights Library, the Bernal Heights History Project and the SF Public Library are hosting a jello-fueled earthquake event called “Shaken Not Stirred: Your Story 25 Years Later”

It’s a neighborly remembrance of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Share your earthquake stories. Learn how to prepare for the Next Big One. Talk about your deep fondness for chert in a supportive, like-minded environment.

The Bernal History Project brings this announcement:

In tandem with our friends at the Bernal Heights Branch Library, we’re proud to present “Shaken But Not Stirred: Remembering the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake”on Saturday, October 18. We want to hear what you remember about the earthquake that hit the Bay Area on October 17, 1989!

Come to the library at 2 p.m. for an extended slideshow of historical images of San Francisco earthquakes and earthquake refugee cottages (a large number of which survive in Bernal) in the downstairs meeting room.

We’ll give you a replica Red Cross meal ticket you can exchange for a Jell-O treat (our favorite shaky quakey snack!), and then you can visit a “ghost” refugee cottage and take a shelter selfie. We’ll be inviting kids of all ages to build shake-proof houses out of Legos. Meanwhile, SFPL volunteers will be standing by to record your memories of the Loma Prieta earthquake for our archives. We’ll have representatives from San Francisco Fire Department Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) on hand to talk about earthquake preparedness and what you need to do to be ready for the next big quake — because you know it’s going to come someday.


PHOTO: Top, Candlestick Park on October 17, 1989, shortly after the earthquake. 

4 thoughts on “Saturday: Share Your Memories of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

  1. There is also a two-hour seminar on personal preparedness that NERT is hosting next week in Noe Valley. Info and signup link below:

    Personal Readiness for a resilient Community
    One time workshop for you and your neighbors!
    What’s in it for you?
    You will learn the basics to take care of yourself and others. SFFD NERT and SAFE want you to have skills to be prepared for emergencies big or small, and get to know your neighbors on your block to maximize resiliency after a disaster.
    Risk Awareness
    Disaster supplies
    Personal/Family Disaster Planning
    NERT Overview
    Disaster Pre-Planning – building community one block at a time
    Thursday October 23, 2014
    Noe Valley
    St.Philip Church & School
    775 Diamond St @ 24th St

  2. The Bernal History Project has given us many good programs. So has the Bernal Branch Library! TOGETHER (with Legos) it’ll be a family program that can’t miss!

  3. I was in a class at SFSU, and my recollection is that it shook pretty hard, but just when it had being shaking for a while and you were wondering what you should do, it stopped.

  4. I was huddled in a doorway with 4 other people at Health Center #1 on 17th and Pond. One person was praying out loud. Drove home to Bernal with some trepidation. Was happy to find that Bernal’s bedrock withstood the shake.

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