Sunday, October 19, 2014

CNN: "Shaken: 25 Years Since the Quake" covers rescues after Loma Prieta earthquake in Bay Area in October 1989


CNN’s “Shaken: 25 Years Since the Quake” (link) gives a one-hour riveting account of the rescues of people trapped by the 6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake, and how they are doing today. 
  
One woman was trapped in a car that pancaked under a double-decker Oakland freeway.  A surgeon was going to amputate her foot when at the last moment a mechanic got a winch to work.

  
The documentary also covered the rescues in the Mission district, where some row-homes had been built on landfill.  It also covered a rescue on the Bay Bridge where a portion collapsed.
  
Wikipedia attribution link for picture of USCG picture of collapsed Viaduct.  
   
What would be important would be the engineering changes to make new bridge or viaduct spans earthquake resistant, and what could be done about rebuilding homes safely in less stable soil.  The documentary also covered the location of faults around the area, some almost underneath homes.

I remember the night of the earthquake, which struck while I was waiting for the DC Metro.  The World Series game had started but was cancelled and delayed about two weeks.  Fay Vincent was commissioner of baseball at the time.  

This may be an opportune point to mention the 1996 film "Volcano" (Fox), by Mick Jackson, where a volcano forms in downtown Los Angeles.  Don't know if this is even possible. 

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