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Loma Prieta quake: Where were you?

By ksantos
Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 5:42 pm in Environment, General, Odds & Ends.

We know you weren’t surfing the web when the ’89 quake hit. But what were you doing?

Our online production team has created a Loma Prieta Earthquake page in conjunction with the 20th anniversary. Check out the cool interactive map at www.contracostatimes.com/loma-prieta-earthquake or www.insidebayarea.com/loma-prieta-earthquake. Add a marker to show where you were and what you were doing at the time the quake struck.

The map is the first element on this page. Much more to come. Have fun posting and reading. And please share this link with others.

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  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    I was not born yet when the quake happend in 1989.

  • qodrn

    Husband and I just got home from work, turned on World Series, sat down, and KABLAM.

  • monica ruiz

    I was at home and on the phone with a friend. My sons were in the living room playing. I felt the trembling and I hung up the phone and my sons and I got under the dining room table. As soon as the trembling stopped I turned on the television and I was shocked to see that the bay bridge had buckled and the cypress freeway had collapsed. It was an unbelievable experience. For the next few days I was glued to the tv and the radio keeping up on all the people being rescued from the cars that had been smashed by the upper deck of the 880. I hope it never happens again.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Ms. Santos is away on pregnancy leave and unable to return until November.!

    DCongratulations Ms. Kim…..

    Mean time, back at the blog, rigor mortis has set in!

    Farewell all!

  • J. W. Kyle

    HERE IS SOMETHING FOR ALL TO CONSIDER, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY ALARMED AT THE INCREASING USE OF GUNS ON STREETS OF HAYWARD AND AREAS ADJACENT.

    PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE TO YOUR FAMILY BT WRITING SENATORS BARBAR BOXER AND DIANE FEISTEUN. REMIND THAT THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT TO GET STARTED ON THE POLITICAL PROCESS FOR RE-QUIRING (OR SUPPORTING) A REPLACEMENT FOR ARTICLE 2 OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.

    IT IS TIME TO CLEAN UP OUR CITUIES AND REDUCE THE TIME AND MONEY EXOPENDED ON THE TV NEWS CASTS WHERE WE SEE RELENTNESS NEWS CASTS OF FOLKS LAMENTING SHOT DEAD YOUNG PEOPLE AND USELESS, INEFFECTIVCE, EMOTIONAL CAPITAL SPENT ON ‘SIDE WALK MEMORIALS’ WHICH DO NOTHING TOWARDS SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM.

    THIS WAS PUBLISHED ABOVE MY NAME ON aUG 12TH, IN dAILY REVIE3W…. I’ve had but three folks mention that they saw it but none answered muy question: What do uou think?

    Wednesdasy Aug. 12, 2009…. “Daily Review” Letters to Ed.

    REVISE ARTICLE 2 !

    The National Rifle Association, ( NRA) fearing loss of political control over the ‘right to bear arms’ as established in our Constitution, threatened the appointment of Ms. Sotomayor to the Supreme Court when stating it intends to ‘score’ U. S. Senators who voted for the appointment.

    Ms. Sotomayor is seen by NRA leadership, as a threat to the right to bear arms. I fail to understand the rationale. Do they fear hostile invasion by Spanish speaking folk? . To do what?

    We saw loss of four Oakland Police Officers and another three in Pittsburgh just weeks later. The continuing threat of mayhem within our various communities is a problem, which can be largely resolved by repeal and re-write of Article 2 of our U.S. Constitution.

    In the upcoming National elections involving State or National representation to U.S. Congressional or State elections, as advice to NRA, I will not vote for anyone who fails to declare and work, in a measurable fashion toward elimination of ‘right to own’ all fully automatic or semi-automatic guns.

    I understand the value of recreation in hunting and fishing. I fail to see the benefit of oversized caliber or military weapons in ’hunting activity’ It just fails the concept of ’sportsmanship’.

    Restrict automatic or semi-automatic weaponry to use by Military foreces and law enforcement personnel. Creation of Article 2 was due to the presence of ‘uncontrolled frontiers’ which no longer exist. Now the danger lays with the presence of unreasonable weaponry in urban areas.

  • TheVoice

    Don’t touch my Constitution.
    The event in Oakland was an example of guns being obtained by criminals and not lawfully. The NRA protects the rights and freedoms that our forefathers wrote with law abiding and responsible citizens in mind.
    Sotomayor issue had nothing to do with her race or nationality but was because of her viewpoints and past record of decisions.

  • J. W. Kyle

    Thevoice.

    Apparently you do not watch the cBS 60 minute program which twice this year has run a segment on the stupid availability of guns which should only be used on the battlefront between two waring nations.

    In the sterling bonafide State of Virginia there was a bizare traveling, circus like warehouse sale of guns of all descriptions, at which intended purchasers of guns of every were being sold along with incredible amounts of ammunition.

    TThe screening process was so exceptiomally poor, that it was an obscenity.!If you could walk and were not a toddler while holding your mama’s hand, you could buy ak 47′s or uzzi’s from Israel, asault rifles on two legs under the end of the barrel etc etc.

    Those weapoms are then taken into other States and sold on the street. You can buy them in Nevada Gun shops but the screening process on purchasers is a joke… they are then brought into California……

    The Associated press Filed a story @ 7;43 PM on Aug o1, 2009 and updated it the following morning.

    Go to http://www.kfvs12.com/Global?story.asp?s=10832531 andread it your self. It read as follows…

    “The (open) NRA threat to punish Senators who vote for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been met with a shrug by Democrats from conservative-leaning states and some Republicans who are breaking with their party to support her.

    The gun rights group is used to getting it’s way by spooking lawmakers about the political consequences of defying it’s wishes. But it never before has weighed in on a Supreme Court confirmation battle. It was cautious about breaking that pattern and it looks like a losing fight to defeat President Obama’s first pick for the court.”

    two paragraphs later..

    “Many Republicans who were considered possible ” yes” votes for Sotomayor including UItah Sen Hatch, Georgia Senators Chambliss and Isakson,, Texas Sen Hutchinson have come out against her after the NRA’s announcement, citing gun rights as an important reason”.

    …. it went on for another two paragraphs.

    It is my opinion that the NRA IS AN UNREASONING ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WHO FAIL TO THINK!

    YET THE GUNS USED TO KILL FOUR IN TEXAS AND THREE IN ITSBURGH WERE AN UNLAWFUL USE! THE IDIOTS LEADING THE NRA ARE UNABLE TO MAKE THE CONNECTION….. UNLAWFUL WAPONS IN CALIFORNIA ARE LEGALLY OBTAINED IN STAES OF THE SOUTH VIRGINIA, WEST VA. ETC…. THEY ARE SOLD LEGALLY IN THOSE STATES AND ARE THEN TRANSPORTED ILLEGALLY.

    ARTICLE 2 OF THE CONSTITUTION WAS WRITTEN PRIOR TO 1800 AD. ( 209 + YEARS AGO) THAT WAS WHEN THE FRONTERS WEST OF THE ORUIGINAL 13 STATES WERE OPEN AND UNCONTROLLED… HELL, LOOK AT YOUR HISTORY BOOK…. WHEN DID THE “EMPORER NAPOLEON BONAPARTE SELL US THE lOUSIANA TERRITORY? HOSTILES WERE NOT JUST NATIVE AMERICANS BUT INCLUDED THE BRITISH UP IN CANADA and some European nations involved with Central America.
    (THUS THE MONROE DOCTRINE WAS CREATED) )
    Article 2 simply states that we have a right to bear arms…. don’t try to convince me that Uzzi’s, Ak 47′S and such like are needed to protect our Frontiers…
    WE have an army and Navy for that job.

    In the year 2,000 the US Census folks had a hard time getting citizen volunteers to go into Idaho and Utah when so called ‘militias’ ( neo Nazi jerks) were known to be practicing for a race war or some such heinious activity.

    To eliminate those weapons acroos the country, we nneed to revise Article 2

    65 years ago we Repealed the Volstead ACT ( ARTICLE 18 ) OF THE CONSTITUION. The U.S. was simply unable to stop people from buying illegal booze.

    As to your remark about Sotomayor… recite the law cases she decided which arouased the NRA !!! If unable to state those cases, I recomend that you keep quiet and be thought foolish rather than to remove all doubt’ ( Quote from Abe Lincoln ?)

    I suspect that you employ much the same sort of rationale as we find with the “birthers”. Shame on you!
    We need to Repaeal Aricle 2 and write another…. which would limit guns to the type used by legitimate huntsman who obey the code of true sportsmanship. other wise the chaos caused by street gangs using automatic and semi automatic weaponry will go on and on.

    I hope the day never arrives when lawlessness arrives at your front door; if it ever does, only then will you see the point?