Saturday, October 17, 2009

20 Years Later

It was 20 years ago, October 17, 1989. The 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake shook the ground throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I was just 8 years old and I definitely remember where I was when the earthquake happened. My parents and I just got home from work and school and just as we were entering the garage, it started shaking. We got out of our truck, the ground was still shaking. Ten to fifteen seconds was a long time. It certainly was scary, especially when the aftershocks came. Luckily, we were all right and just a few things fell over. But then turning on the TV and seeing all that devestation from the Bay Bridge and elsewhere, we knew it was really bad.

As we look around now, there has been a lot of measures taken to make sure that our buildings and bridges are secure during earthquakes. You never really know when the next big one is coming but you just have to make sure that you're prepared. We just had a little 3.3 earthquake a few days ago, just a little shake. It happens all the time, some we feel and most we don't.

My prayers go out to those affected by the quake 20 years ago, the victims of the recent earthquakes in Samoa and Indonesia and all those in between.

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