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20 years after Loma Prieta:
Preparing for the Big One

When the underground tsunami of soil and bedrock came boiling up the San Andreas Fault on the evening of Oct. 17, 1989, it left a trail of destruction from Santa Cruz to San Francisco. 

Oakland

 

The World Series

 
 

Los Gatos and mountains

 

Map: Where were you?

Tell us where you were when Loma Prieta struck, or read others' stories.

Slide shows

Check out Pulitzer Prize-winning images from the quake and more slide shows.

Live chats

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School seismic safety database

In 2008 the Bay Area News Group gathered information on non-retrofitted public schools. Search for yours.

Quake resources: What do I do...

Get vital information on how to prepare for an earthquake and what to do when one hits.

Quake resources: Basics

Learn more about earthquakes: What causes them, how faults work and more.



More video from ABC7

Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy shares his memories, and more video on ABC7's anniversary site.

More from Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz Sentinel has a special section.

Bay Bridge safety

Video shows some of the innovations built into the new Bay Bridge to prevent another collapse.

BART and the quake

Site examines what BART is doing 20 years later to ensure the safety of its trains.

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