Much of San Jose State’s current student body was not born when the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake hit the Bay Area 25 years ago on Oct. 17, 1989.
Yet the fact that San Jose State took the need to prepare for the next big one seriously is clear to anyone on campus today.
“I was serving as SJSU’s associate vice president for administration when the earthquake hit,” said President Mohammad Qayoumi.
Starting the moment the shaking stopped, SJSU has been working with the California State University system to plan, fund and complete numerous projects with the goal of improving campus safety.”
Three large construction projects underway now began after structural engineers recommended SJSU retrofit 10 buildings to make them safer.
The $55 million seismic retrofit of Yoshihiro Uchida Hall and Spartan Complex spans an entire block from South Fourth Street to El Paseo de Cesar E. Chavez.
In addition, the $90 million seismic retrofit and expansion of the Student Union spans another block from El Paseo de Cesar E. Chavez to the Ninth Street Plaza.
One more project is in the works and six others have been completed as follows:
- North Parking Garage Seismic Retrofit, 1993
- South Parking Garage Seismic Retrofit, 1993
- Tower Hall and Morris Dailey Auditorium, 1996
- Duncan Hall, 1997
- Sweeney Hall, 1998
- Trades Building, 2009
- North Parking Garage Stair Tower, planned
What should you do if an earthquake hit campus today?
“Although I have been a California resident for most of my life, the power of the 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake was astounding,” said SJSU Chief of Police Pete Decena.
If there is one thing I would like the campus community to remember in the event of a major earthquake, it is to Drop, Cover and Hold On. Then, when the shaking stops, leave if it is safe to do so.”