1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

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1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
Cypress structure.jpeg
Image of collapsed double-decker freeway structure in Oakland, California
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake is located in California
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Oakland
Oakland
Salinas
Salinas
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
UTC time1989-10-18 00:04:14
ISC event389808
USGS-ANSSComCat
Local dateOctober 17, 1989 (1989-10-17)
Local time5:04:15 p.m. PDT
Duration8–15 seconds
Magnitude6.9 Mw
Depth12 mi (19 km)
Epicenter37°02′N 121°53′W / 37.04°N 121.88°W / 37.04; -121.88Coordinates: 37°02′N 121°53′W / 37.04°N 121.88°W / 37.04; -121.88
TypeOblique-slip
Areas affectedCentral Coast (California)
San Francisco Bay Area
United States
Total damage$5.6–6 billion[1] (equivalent to $11.3–12.1 billion today)
Max. intensityIX (Violent)
Peak acceleration0.65g (at epicenter)
TsunamiYes
Landslides1,000–4,000
Foreshocks5.3 ML June 27, 1988
5.4 ML  August 8, 1989
Casualties67 killed, 3,757 injured

The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake was an earthquake that happened in the San Francisco Bay Area. It happened on October 17, 1989, just after 5pm local time. The earthquake caused over 67 deaths. It caused billions of dollars worth of property damage. The earthquake happened during one of the games of the 1989 World Series. Because of that, it is sometimes called the "World Series Quake".

References[change | change source]

  1. Housner 1990, pp. 19–23