Just past five in the afternoon on October 17, 1989, I was working at Universes Records in Santa Cruz when Thor's hammer struck somewhere deep under our feet. What followed for the next 15 seconds (it seemed like at least two minutes, if not three) was the Loma Prieta earthquake (magnitude 6.9 or 7.1, depending on how you measure it). The experience was one of sheer terror, but perhaps more interesting was what followed:... More >>>