The 1989 earthquake that rocked San Francisco, Oakland and the World Series

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) A worker surveys the damage caused by the fire in San Francisco's Marina District after the Loma Prieta earthquake struck on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by FEMA News Photo via Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: (Bottom) A man waits for a bus on the corner of Beach and Divisadero on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. It has been 25 years since the 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989 causing widespread damage to buildings and roadways. 63 people died and nearly 4,000 were injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: In this before-and-after composite image, (Left) Cars are seen covered in bricks from a falling building facade following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by C.E. Meyer/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: (Right) Cars are parked along 6th Street near Townsend on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. It has been 25 years since the 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989 causing widespread damage to buildings and roadways. 63 people died and nearly 4,000 were injured.
OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) The collapsed upper deck of the Cypress viaduct of Interstate 880 after the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in Oakland, California. (Photo by H.G. Wilshire/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images) OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: (Bottom) A car drives along Mandela Parkway where the Cypress viaduct of Interstate 880 used to stand on October 15, 2014 in Oakland, California. It has been 25 years since the 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989 causing widespread damage to buildings and roadways. 63 people died and nearly 4,000 were injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) A view of the doorway to a damaged apartment building on Beach Street near Divisadero Street following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by C.E. Meyer/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: (Bottom) A view of a garage at an apartment building on Beach Street that was built after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. It has been 25 years since the 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989 causing widespread damage to buildings and roadways. 63 people died and nearly 4,000 were injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) An apartment builing on the corner of Beach and Divisadero is seen shored up after the Loma Prieta earthquake struck on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by FEMA News Photo via Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: (Bottom) Apartment buildings built after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake stand on the corner of Beach and Divisadero on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. It has been 25 years since the 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989 causing widespread damage to buildings and roadways. 63 people died and nearly 4,000 were injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
AN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 15: In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) A view of damaged homes along Divisadero Street following the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by G. Plafker/U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library via Getty Images) OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 15: (Bottom) A view looking north on Divisadero Street on October 15, 2014 in San Francisco, California. It has been 25 years since the 7.0 Loma Prieta earthquake rocked the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989 causing widespread damage to buildings and roadways. 63 people died and nearly 4,000 were injured. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
At Candlestick Park, the World Series was suddenly forgotten. A fan reacts to the shaking at the park in October 1989 just after the Loma Prieta earthquake. (Photo by Paul Kitigaki/Sacramento Bee/MCT via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Mark McGwire, Tony Phillips and Carney Lansford, members of the Oakland Athletics, bow their heads during the National Anthem prior to World Series game three between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants on October 27, 1989 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The digital time on the scoreboard reads 5:04 in reference to the time the Loma Prieta earthquake struck on October 17. The Athletics defeated the Giants 13-7. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
Sept. 19, 2012 - Surrounded by smoky haze in a scene reminiscent of a war time bombing, a fire fighter sits among the remains of a building on October 18, 1989 the day after Marina District in San Francisco was leveled by the Loma Prieta earthquake Bee Photograph by Randy Pench (Credit Image: © Randy Pench/Sacramento Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
April 16, 1998 - San Francisco Firefighters and residents of the Marina District join together to drag fire hoses in their effort to battle the flames. Homes and apartment buildings in the Marina district collasped on October 17, 1989, the result of the Loma Prieta earthquake, causing gas lines to break and the Marina District to erupt in flames. Sacramento Bee Photo by Genaro Molina. (Credit Image: © Genaro Molina/Sacramento Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18: A general view of a street in San Francisco after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit prior to World Series game three between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants on October 18, 1989 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The game was postponed for 10 days. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
** FOR USE AS DESIRED WITH EARTHQUAKE ANNIVERSARY STORIES ** In this file photo taken Oct. 17, 1989 firefighters battle a blaze in the Marina District of San Francisco after an earthquake. Oct. 17, 2009, marks the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. (AP Photo, file)
FILE : In this file photo taken Oct. 18, 1989, crews demolish a collapsed apartment building in the Marina district following the Loma Prieta earthquake in San Francisco. Friday is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that killed 63 people, injured almost 3,800 and caused up to $10 billion damage. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
FILE - In this Oct. 19, 1989 file photo, workers check the damage to Interstate 880 in Oakland, Calif., after it collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake two days earlier. Friday is the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake that killed 63 people, injured almost 3,800 and caused up to $10 billion damage. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
Nov. 07, 1989 - Oakland, California, U.S. - FILE PHOTO. Hotel reconstruction after earthquake.The Loma Prieta earthquake, also known as the Quake of '89 and the World Series Earthquake, was a major earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area of California on October 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m. local time. Caused by a slip along the San Andreas Fault, the quake lasted 10Ð15 seconds
Oct. 9, 2009 - With the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, smoke boils up from a Marina district blaze Tuesday October 17, 1989 after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Sacramento Bee / Michael Williamson (Credit Image: © Michael Williamson/Sacramento Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Sept. 19, 2012 - Oakland A's pitcher Storm Davis cradles his daughter Erin as he prepares to leave Candlestick park following the Loma Prieta earthquake, October 17, 1989, that postponed game one of the World Series against the San Fransico Giants. Sacramenti Bee photograph by Skip Shuman (Credit Image: © Skip Shuman/Sacramento Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Sept. 19, 2012 - A CHP officer inspects the portion of the Bay Bridge that collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake. Bruce Stephen and Janice Frreiburger survived the Loma Prieta earthquake when a portion of the collapsed Bay Bridge prevented their car from falling into the San Francisco Bay on October 17, 1989. Sacramento Bee photograph by Skip Shuman. (Credit Image: © Skip Shuman/Sacramento Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
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Oct. 9, 2009 - The blaze in San Francisco's Marina District on October 17, 1989 after the Loma Prieta earthquake. Sacramento Bee / Michael Williamson (Credit Image: © Michael Williamson/Sacramento Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 27: A sign reading 'Welcome back to game 3 of the 1989 World Series' is displayed prior to World Series game three between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants on October 27, 1989 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The sign is in reference to the disruption caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17. The Athletics defeated the Giants 13-7. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

A massive earthquake that struck the Bay Area on October 17, 1989 forever changed the region, and potentially altered the course of baseball history.

The 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake struck at exactly 5:04 p.m., at the height of rush hour and just before the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.

Buildings crumbled, highways and bridges collapsed and fires erupted on both sides of the bay separating the two cities. Hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed and dozens of people died.

The quake struck only years before the dot-com boom and cell phone explosion of the 1990s. Fans inside Candlestick Park, in San Francisco, had no idea how bad it was until the game was postponed indefinitely.


Power was knocked out in the stadium and to most of the region. Dazed fans leaving the stadium encountered scenes resembling a war zone – bucked streets, leveled homes and other scenes of total devastation.

A total of 63 people died, 42 of them crushed to death when the upper deck of Interstate 880 collapsed onto the lower deck.

Four others died when buildings collapsed in San Francisco's Marina District after the ground liquefied during the massive quake.

The World Series resumed 11 days later, after extensive repairs to Candlestick Park.

Oakland swept the Giants in four games, but it hardly mattered at that point.

Neither city would ever be the same.

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