An Evening of Commemoration and Reflection
Where were YOU at 5:04?
At 5:04 p.m. on Oct. 17, 1989 the Loma Prieta Earthquake ripped through the forested canyon of Aptos Creek, snapping trees, throwing boulders and opening fissures across the landscape. This wasn’t the first time the Aptos canyon had been torn loose by an earthquake. On April 18, 1906, the north side of the canyon wall collapsed, hurling trees down the mountainside and blocking the creek for weeks. 1906 and then 1989. Have we learned anything? Did the 1989 earthquake modify our behavior in any significant way? Do you do anything differently because of that earthquake? Are we any closer to being able to predict earthquakes here in California? And what about the scars scratched into our psyches? Have they healed? From this lofty perspective 20 years later, knowing what you know now, would you have done anything differently before Oct. 17, 1989? And after? See all Loma Prieta earthquake articles in the Santa Cruz History section >