Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Debra Heavens

Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project

Interview conducted by Jenn Hooker and produced by Jenn Hooker.
Recorded at the Community Television building, Santa Cruz, California, on September 12, 2019.

Debra Heavens describes experiencing the earthquake at her daughter’s basketball game at the Branciforte Middle School gym. She also details her experience as an early career nurse at Dominican Hospital, the lessons learned through the earthquake, and the importance of the community coming together again over contemporary emergencies like homelessness.

Creator: Hooker, Jenn; Heavens, Debra
Date: 2019-09-12
  • Santa Cruz (County)
  • 1980s
  • 2010s
Rights: Permission must be obtained before using this interview in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who want to make further use of this interview should contact Santa Cruz Public Libraries.
Identifier: LH-LP-HEAVENS


Hooker, Jenn and Debra Heavens. “Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Debra Heavens.” 2019-09-12. SCPL Local History. https://history.santacruzpl.org/omeka/items/show/135854. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.