Something to remember, as we enter a new year: Yesterday's history, Tomorrow is a mystery and Today is a gift, that's why it is called "the present". [Via]

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Remembering the Heroes and victims of Loma Prieta

Loma Prieta Earthquake

Heroes of the Cypress Freeway
Most of us in the Bay Area saw the disaster first from the air and it was an unbelievable sight. A 14-block stretch of Interstate 880, known as the Cypress Freeway, collapsed.

For many of the 42 people killed, it was over in an instant. Some sections of the freeway were crushed so completely, no one could survive. In other areas, there was just enough space between the top and bottom decks to allow some people to get out alive. Complete Story here

Memorial honors '89 earthquake victims, heroes

At precisely 5:04 p.m. on Oct. 17, 1989, the upper deck of the Cypress Freeway — a 1.3-mile section of Interstate 880 that ran through West Oakland — pancaked onto the lower deck during the 7.1 temblor. Forty-two were killed and several were injured but managed to evacuatethe jagged structure with help from residents and workers from nearby companies. Ray Holmes, 50, husband and father of three, did not survive.

The freeway's demise proved to be a blessing and a curse for West Oakland. Although the structure itself severed the community when it was built in 1957, its collapse also touched many lives and left residents with deep emotional scars after they risked their lives by climbing the crumbling, still-shaking structure to aid the survivors.  Complete Story here