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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Jim Berkland, geologist: I said the World Series quake was coming. I said it would be a 6.5 to 7. I had 6.5 to 7 because that’s what happened in 1865, and the conditions were very similar. I had all of these conjecture-y things: the tides, the whales, the homing pigeons, the hot springs, the geyser. I had all of that. The Mercury News no longer wanted to carry my predictions because they told me they were bad for business. So the Gilroy Dispatch printed it on Friday, the 13th of October.
My own story was that I had just gotten home from cross country practice in time for the pregame. I was a huge A’s and Giants fan, one of those annoying people that actually wanted a hat that was half and half for each team (sorry) so this Series was monumental for me. My mother had recently divorced so my family was in flux and we lived in a cheaply built apartment complex adjacent to my high school in Salinas, CA, about 35 miles from the quake’s epicenter. I was alone when the quake hit and my first reaction was one of fury that the power had gone out just as the game was about to get going. I’d lived in earthquake country my entire life so a tremor wasn’t something that got me worked up, in fact, I rather enjoyed the excitement of an earthquake. This one, however, was stronger than any I’d experienced before and, more frightening, it just didn’t stop. The apartment was shaking wildly and I had a legitimate fear that the floor above was about to come crashing down so for the first time in my life I actually took safety measures and got myself under a door jamb. After that, the Series just lost a lot of importance for me and I didn’t even watch the last couple of games. I still feel like I haven’t seen the A’s actually win the Series in my lifetime.
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