30 years later: Remembering Loma Prieta earthquake

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Thursday marks the 30th anniversary of the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake.

On Oct. 17, 1989, part of the Bay Bridge and freeways collapsed, houses burned, massive power failures happened and strong aftershocks took over.

The magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit at exactly 5:04 p.m.

A total of 63 people were killed and almost 3,800 others were injured.

The earthquake caused about $6 billion worth of damages.

The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

It as the San Francisco Giants were taking on the Oakland A’s during Game 3 of the World Series.

Since the quake, authorities have scrambled to make sure area buildings and bridges would be safer when another major earthquake hit.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed rang a bell three times before a moment of silence Thursday night just after 5 p.m. when the earthquake occurred.

Later in the evening a test emergency alert went out at 6:14 p.m. to cell phones in the city and county of San Francisco, urging people to prepare.

“Cell phones went down, telephone services went down, and all electric power, so communications were very limited,” he said. “But that’s what happens with earthquakes so this new thing you’re doing, this new portion is very important to do and social media is going to be very important for any upcoming disaster.”

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