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A three story building collapsed and burned at Beach and Divisadero in the Marina district in San Francisco after the Loma Prieta earthquake (1989) Photo: Vince Maggiora, The Chronicle

Two residents of the Marina district stand in front of their collapsed apartment building after the Loma Prieta earthquake (1989) Photo: Frederic Larson, San Francisco Chronicle

The Bay bridge upper San Francisco-bound deck fell down onto the Oakland-bound lower deck. Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989) Photo: Steve Ringman, The Chronicle

1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

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Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1989, Cypress Structure, Oakland. Volunteer rescuer Vince Foudy recalled, "within a few minutes a police officer came by, and we asked were they going to send help and she said 'There is no help to send now. You guys are on your own.'" "A company right across the street had some extension ladders. We went over there, climbed the fence, got some ladders, threw them back over the fence and that's how we got up on top of the freeway," said volunteer rescuer William McElroy.

Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1989. "Two children were trapped in a vehicle elevated about 70 feet up," said pediatric surgeon Dr. James Betts, M.D., from Oakland's Children's Hospital. He and a medical team drove to the Cypress Structure, Oakland. Firefighters had reached one of them, a 9-year-old girl and eventually got her out. Her 6-year-old brother's legs were pinned. The surgical team, in the dark, on their stomachs, during aftershocks, amputated his leg to get him out.

Cypress Structure - Oakland Wiki

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Loma Prieta Earthquake, 1989. "Two children were trapped in a vehicle elevated about 70 feet up," said pediatric surgeon Dr. James Betts, M.D., from Oakland's Children's Hospital. He and a medical team drove to the Cypress Structure, Oakland. Firefighters had reached one of them, a 9-year-old girl and eventually got her out. Her 6-year-old brother's legs were pinned. The surgical team, in the dark, on their stomachs, during aftershocks, amputated his leg to get him out.

A building burning on Scott street in the Marina district of San Francisco after the Loma Prieta earthquake, 1989. Photo: Vince Maggiora, The Chronicle

Dr. Elizabeth Bruyn, sitting in the back of a horse drawn ambulance. Dr. Bryun was an ambulance surgeon in New York City in the early 1900's. On her first day at work in 1910, she saved the life of an 18 month old baby who had been overcome by gas from a leak in an apartment. Find out more about this courageous woman at www.strangecosmos...

Three early Titanic Marconigrams, or radio telegrams. All three were sent on April 15, 1912, the date of the Titanic's sinking. Of these, the earliest was sent at 7:45 am from the rescue ship Olympic. It states: "Since midnight, when her position was 41.46 N 50.14W have been unable to communicate. We are now 310 miles from her. Will inform at once if hear anything".

A two-page manuscript handwritten on White Star Lines stationery. The author is John Edward Simpson, who didn't survive the disaster. Simpson was hired on April 6, 1912, as an assistant surgeon on the Titanic. He treated second and third-class passengers. Penned to Simpson's mother, the note reads: "I am very well and am gradually getting settled in my new cabin, which is larger than my last." His letter was penned aboard Titanic on April 11 - four days before the sinking.

Newsboy announces fate of Titanic, London, April 15, 1912