30 Year Anniversary of Loma Prieta Earthquake

The MAH partnered with local historians and organizations to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

In October 2019, Santa Cruz County organizations, groups, and community members gathered together to present a wide range of events, exhibits, and discussions to mark the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

Folks attended emergency preparedness courses, historic walking tours, and so much more. Then, they were able to swing by the MAH to see the newest addition to the history gallery, Art & Healing: 30 Years After Loma Prieta Earthquake

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The Loma Prieta Earthquake

At 5:04 p.m. on October 17th, 1989 a 6.9 earthquake rocked California along the San Andreas Fault in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Due to the proximity to the epicenter, Santa Cruz County was hit the hardest. It was a seminal event that profoundly altered the history of Santa Cruz County going forward.

Since then, thousands of Santa Cruz County residents have rallied to rebuild our neighborhoods, homes, and sense of community. They've rebuilt shattered buildings and businesses and created a space for Santa Cruz to heal. The index of events found below honors the 30th anniversary of the earthquake and the spirit of a community coming together both in the good times and the bad.

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“People need each other during times of disaster but they also need each other when there’s no disaster.”

Thomas Brezsny

In the News

How Public Art Revived the Ruins of Post-Quake Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz Commemorates Loma Prieta Earthquake With Moment of Silence

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Amazing stories shared about the Loma Prieta Earthquake, preserved for history.

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Moment of silence to be held in Santa Cruz on moment Loma Prieta hit 30 years ago.

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Santa Cruz residents hold moment of silence over Loma Prieta

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30 Years Later: A look back at the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the recovery that followed

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The Earthquake That Ended the Santa Cruz Hippie Era

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Santa Cruz landmarks survive 30 years after earthquake, others rebuilt

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Loma Prieta 30 years later: Santa Cruz rises from the rubble to become a model of earthquake preparedness

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Guest Commentary | 30 years after quake, we still need each other

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Art & Healing Exhibition