1989 Loma Prieta earthquake
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PHOTOS: The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

Workers check the damage to Interstate 880 in Oakland after it collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake. Centered near Loma Prieta peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Jose, the quake killed at least 63 people and hospitalized hundreds. 

 (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

San Francisco has torn down the double-decker Embarcadero Freeway, shown in 1957, and old ramps that once connected streetcar trains from the old Transbay Terminal to the Bay Bridge. The freeway was closed after it was damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.

 (Associated Press)

Firefighters extinguish a fire in San Francisco’s Marina District days after the Loma Prieta earthquake. 

 (Jonathan Nourok / AFP/Getty Images)

A California Highway Patrol officer checks cars the damage done when the upper deck of the Bay Bridge collapsed onto the lower deck in the Loma Prieta earthquake. Dozens were killed in the freeway collapse alone.  

 (George Nikitin / Associated Press)

Cranes surround the Cypress Structure on Interstate 880 in Oakland after the 1989 temblor. 

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Crews demolish a collapsed apartment building in San Francisco’s Marina District.

 (George Nikitin / Associated Press)