Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Hodgepodge 353/365 - Loma Prieta Earthquake
David and I happened to be in Washington, DC. I don't remember how we learned about the quake. What I do remember is that very little actual "news" was reaching us, and that the epicenter of the temblor kept moving south in the reportage: from San Francisco to the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz proper. Since we never heard a word about Monterey, we joked (ha ha) that it was simply gone. We didn't really believe that, but we did worry about our kitty, Tisiphone, who we'd left inside, thinking it wasn't entirely out of the question that she might have been crushed by a falling bookcase.
People who hiked to the very epicenter, in the Forest of Nisene Marks just south of Santa Cruz, said the destruction—trees scattered like toothpicks—was remarkable. Years later when we finally took ourselves to the spot, you could still seen some of the devastation.
I was a little sorry to miss the Loma Prieta Earthquake. But that said, I don't wish for any more big quakes—ever. Hear that, o gods of the seismic realm? Be kind.