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Storied: San Francisco


Jun 4, 2020

To help elevate the voices and stories of Black San Franciscans, we’ll be rerunning those episodes over the next few weeks. We’ll be back with new stories from your neighbors down the road a bit.

It's Oct. 17, 1989, and Yayne Abeba, fresh out of high school, living on her own, and working in the Marina, wants to step outside with a coworker to talk shit about their boss. In a few minutes, her life and the lives of everyone in the Bay Area will change forever.

This is the story of Yayne's day during the Loma Prieta earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 quake that shook foundations, started fires, leveled freeways, and changed many things about life in the Bay Area.

Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather