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Friday, October 18, 2019

Thirty years ago, the Loma Prieta earthquake shook the World Series—and the world

The shaking and the apocalyptic noise began at 5:04 p.m. PST. It was 30 years ago today.

ABC was live on the air, just over four minutes into its broadcast. As the TV feed flickered out, Al Michaels could be heard saying, “I’ll tell you what! We’re having an earthquake!” Then, amid the chaos and confusion, he deadpanned, “Well, folks, that’s the greatest open in the history of television.” In the first few moments, some San Franciscans, who had experience with huge earthquakes, nervously made light of the situation. One writer, upon hearing it had registered 6.9 on the Richter scale, jokingly asked, “How did the Russian judge score it?”

The humor didn’t last.

Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:33 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dave stewart, oakland, oakland athletics, san francisco giants, world series

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   1. caspian88 Posted: October 18, 2019 at 10:54 AM (#5891569)
There were two semi-significant earthquakes in Northern California on Tuesday. The second was closer to me (about 25 miles south of Hollister) and hit just after my co-workers were talking about the Loma Prieta (which I am too young to remember).
   2. ajnrules Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:02 PM (#5891673)
I was four years old in 1989 and had just moved to Pleasanton from Michigan a month or so earlier. I remember hearing about the possibility of earthquakes in California, but didn't expect to experience it so soon. I was watching TV when I felt the earth shake and I have the memory of pictures and other items falling down. We were far enough from the epicenter that we didn't experience any major damages, and I didn't realize the significant damage associated with the earthquake until years later. We moved away from California shortly afterwards and 30 years later that remains the only earthquake I ever experienced.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: October 18, 2019 at 04:38 PM (#5891725)

There were two semi-significant earthquakes in Northern California on Tuesday. The second was closer to me (about 25 miles south of Hollister) and hit just after my co-workers were talking about the Loma Prieta (which I am too young to remember).


I moved my son to San Francisco this past weekend. He said he didn't notice it.
   4. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 18, 2019 at 05:01 PM (#5891734)
Moments before this happened I had just purchased Tecmo Bowl at the local mall, on the way home from my brother's HS vball match. We had the radio broadcast on in the car.
   5. Khrushin it bro Posted: October 18, 2019 at 06:54 PM (#5891761)
Did the power go out and you couldn't play Tecmo Bowl?????
   6. asinwreck Posted: October 18, 2019 at 07:28 PM (#5891767)
Watched the first couple minutes of the pregame on a TV in Santa Cruz. That was the last electricity I used (excepting a battery-powered radio) for quite some time.

The aftershocks had a nasty habit of occurring in the middle of the night. As if we didn't have enough trouble sleeping.
   7. AndrewJ Posted: October 18, 2019 at 08:13 PM (#5891784)
I might be the old-timer on this thread -- On 10/17/1989 I was in my senior year of college, heading for a work-study job that evening when I heard a news bulletin on the radio...
   8. Mefisto Posted: October 18, 2019 at 08:16 PM (#5891785)
The Series went downhill for the Giants from there.

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