Twentieth Anniversary Commemoration on Saturday, October 17th
Monument to the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake dedication and closing ceremony will be held on the Marina Green at 4:30 p.m. with Mayor Gavin Newsom, Fire Chief Hayes-White, Supervisor Alioto-Pier, and other dignitaries and heroes from the 1989 quake will take part in the ceremony. For more info, click here.
About the Monument
The original 53-year-old sixteen-foot tower monitor from the Fireboat Phoenix will be incorporated into an urban monument as a permanent memorial to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It will also commemorate the Fireboat Phoenix (built in 1954) and the Portable Water Supply System (invented in SF by retired SFFD Asst. Chief Frank Blackburn in 1984), which worked together to save the Marina District from a major fire following the 1989 Earthquake.
The Loma Prieta earthquake struck San Francisco on October 17, 1989 at 5:04pm, galvanizing its citizens to action. Nowhere was this more evident than in the Marina District, where liquefaction caused the collapse of many buildings.
Water mains cracked and ruptured gas mains started structural fires. To the rescue came the fireboat Phoenix, joined by the firefighters of the SFFD, along with countless volunteer citizens—the grassroots beginnings of the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT).