Sunday, October 18, 2009
20 years ago? Really?
It was 5:04 pm, just before game time, when the earthquake struck. It measured 7.1 on the Richter scale, and it had a devastating effect on the Bay area. Roads were destroyed, the Bay Bridge was seriously damaged, the Marina district in San Francisco caught fire, and more than 60 people were killed. That evening, from my home in the Oakland foothills, I could see the helicopters hovering over the bridge and the fires in S.F.
Here is the NBC news report on the events of that day:
With such destruction, it hardly seemed to matter that the World Series was postponed. When it started up again 10 days later, I was so shaken by the events of the past week or so that I left town, and didn't even watch on tv as the A's swept the last 2 games from the Giants.
The new Bay Bridge is still under construction, not even scheduled to open until 2013.
Wow. 20 years.