Earthquake Anniversary – The Quake of ‘89

Earthquake of 1989 photo

Today is the anniversary of the earthquake of ’89.  Many of us remember this day like it was yesterday. The quake lasted 10–15 seconds and measured 6.9 on the open-ended Richter Scale. The surface-wave magnitude measured 7.1. This devastating quake killed three people in the collapse of the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz.  An estimated 1.4 million people lost power following the quake throughout Santa Cruz County and the Bay Area.  Many people were without necessities like water, food, and shelter as many homes were damaged and unlivable.  The quake killed 63 people throughout Northern California, injured 3,757 and left some 3,000–12,000 people homeless.  It is important to have a Disaster Preparedness Kit on hand for emergencies.  You can purchase a disaster kit, or just be sure to keep water and canned food, flashlights, batteries and first aid kits stored in your home, in a place that would be easily accessible in the event of an earthquake.

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