I was 100 miles away, heading home and listening to the world series game. I’m at a red light and suddenly the broadcast stops with just static.
It comes back on and the announcer said “I think we just had an earthquake!”
I didn’t think that much about it – you all might have blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes; we have the occasional earthquake.
My parents were out of town traveling and I always headed first to their house to pick up the mail. I noticed water all on the side of the house and wondered if a pipe broke.
Then I realized that it was the water all sloshing out of the pool.
I got home, turned on the TV and then saw the extent of the damage. Most unforgettable for me besides seeing the car just drive off the collapsed section of the Bay Bridge – was seeing what was left of the Cypress Street Viaduct – part of the Nimitz freeway that went along the west side of Alameda and Oakland. It was a 2 story highway with one way traffic on each story.
I can remember driving on the upper story and the car bouncing a bit from all of the construction imperfections. There was a popular bumper sticker saying “Pray for me – I drive the Nimitz”.
To see a portion of that collapsed and some cars underneath were a foot or so high…
IIRC there were a lot of damage and fires in the Marina district from broken gas lines. The Marina district is actually a “man made” spot of land by the Bay – comprised of all the cleared rubble of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. That dirt will shift easily in an earthquake.
H/T to Comjam for reminding us today…