University Library to launch new documentary podcast series about Loma Prieta earthquake

sign at epicenter of Loma Prieta earthquake
he town clock in downtown Santa Cruz
Stopped at 5:04 p.m., the exact time of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the town clock in downtown Santa Cruz became a symbol of that moment in local history. (Photo: Vester Dick).


The University Library at UC Santa Cruz will present a special online event on October 16 to celebrate the launch of Stories from the Epicenter—a new 10-part documentary podcast series about the Loma Prieta Earthquake in Santa Cruz County.

The podcasts capture the experience and memory of the destructive quake, which leveled downtown Santa Cruz and Watsonville on October 17, 1989, telling the story through oral history records and interviews with current residents of Santa Cruz and Watsonville. 

They were produced by the University Library, in partnership with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Moderated by Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, director of the Library’s Digital Scholarship Department, the launch event will include a discussion with the podcast producers, as well as clips from the podcast series, and a Q&A with the audience. 

The free public online launch event takes place on October 16 at 5:30 p.m. Register here to attend.

The 10 episodes of Stories from the Epicenter will be available to stream on October 17, the 31st anniversary of the earthquake:


  1. Pacific Garden Mall
  2. The First Thirty Days
  3. The Politics of Rebuilding
  4. Watsonville
  5. UCSC
  6. The Kids Are Alright
  7. A Tale of Two Newspapers
  8. The Memory Remains
  9. Rebels with Rubble
  10. 10. Epicenter

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