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When the Cypress Freeway collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthquake, many Oakland residents risked their own lives to rescue victims trapped in the ruins. In this episode, a collaboration with Snap Judgement, Raven Roberts shares his memories of what it was like to live through that disaster – and the traumatizing aftermath. Raven’s story reveals that even though West Oakland has changed dramatically since the freeway came down, many long-time residents still carry deep scars from the quake.

This story was co-produced by Snap Judgement — an Oakland-based, nationally syndicated radio show and podcast. To listen to their amazing catalogue of stories, visit: snapjudgment.org/

Extra thanks to Eliza Smith, Mark Ristich and Glynn Washington for giving “East Bay Yesterday” a platform on Snap Judgement and Davey Kim the incredible sound design!

Memorial park and statue in West Oakland dedicated to victims of Loma Prieta Earthquake, 2018. [Photo: Liam O’Donoghue]
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