Friday, October 17, 2014

First 45 Minutes of Loma Prieta Quake 25 Years Later

On this date in 1989 at 5:04 p.m., a time which shall remain indelibly imprinted upon my mind perhaps more than any other time in my life to date, the M6.9 Loma Prieta Earthquake struck Northern California and in particular the Bay Area interrupting Game Three of the Bays Ball World Series that year between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants (that latter of which are again in the World Series starting on October 21st). One of the key developments of that disaster was the growing role of live television coverage of major disasters, a cultural phenomenon which is still gaining prominence through to the present. In fact, it has gotten to the point that we now have what I would characterize as "disaster porn". Anywho, below is a fascinating first 45 minutes of the local Bay Area ABC affiliates live coverage of the disaster all the while their parent network ran Al Michaels and Tim McCarver live from Candlestick Park covering the disaster largely remotely via the Goodyear Blimp, etc.

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