On Oct. 17, 1989, rush hour in the San Francisco Bay area was well underway, with commuters inching their ways along the myriad highways snaking out of the city. The Giants were hosting the Oakland Athletics at Candlestick Park in game three of the World Series.

Ninety-six miles away, at 5:04 p.m., in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the ground rumbled and then shook violently.

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