The Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the Quake of '89 and the World Series Quake, struck the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. local time 25 years ago today. The quake lasted 15 seconds and measured 6.9 on the Richter scale and killed 63 people. injured 3,757, and left up to 12,000 people homeless.
Many more would have died if it were not for the bizarre coincidence that baseball's World Series game had just started- featuring the two teams in the San Francisco bay area- The San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. The freeways were relatively empty - and they should have been packed because it was rush hour, saving hundreds of lives- several collapsed from the shaking like the Cypress Structure in Oakland, California shown above.