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A rescue effort on the collapsed wreckage of the Cypress Freeway in Oakland, Calif. on October 17, 1989 after the Loma Prieta earthquake. (Michael Macor/Staff)
The following are collections of photos from the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989. Some photos were shot by staff members at newspapers like the Oakland Tribune, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage, or other newspapers like the San Jose Mercury News, the Contra Costa Times and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. We hope you enjoy these photos as an overview of the event.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning photos: Images from the Oakland Tribune's prize-winning coverage.
Unpublished photos: Images from East Bay newspapers that were never published in print.
Santa Cruz: Photos of the devastation along the Central Coast.
Audio slide show: Two men share their amazing stories of the moments following the quake.
USGS shots: Photos taken by members of the USGS in the days following the quake.