San Francisco will participate in a weeklong series of earthquake preparedness events next month commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta quake.
The Oct. 17, 1989, 6.9-magnitude tremor that shook the Bay Area caused 63 deaths and thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in damage.
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the city will take part in events from Oct. 13 through Oct. 17, called the Big Rumble.
Newsom said the events “give us an opportunity to honor the heroism of 1989 while sharing our commitment to preparedness with our friends and neighbors.”
The city’s Department of Emergency Management, Department of Public Health, Fire Department and Office of the City Administrator will help coordinate the events.
The events will include a panel discussion with first responders and earthquake experts on Oct. 13, a statewide “drop, cover and hold” earthquake drill on Oct. 15, and closing ceremony on Oct. 17 in the Marina District, which was severely damaged by the Loma Prieta quake.
For more information, visit www.thebigrumble.org.