Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Janis O'Driscoll

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

Interview conducted and produced by Jenn Hooker.
Recorded at Scotts Valley Branch Library, Scotts Valley, CA on October 14, 2019.

Janis O’Driscoll was working at the downtown branch of the Santa Cruz Public Library on the evening that the ’89 earthquake struck, and was responsible as an emergency worker for a large number of children who were at the library after school. Janis describes her experience, and compares it with an earlier experience of an earthquake in Ecuador.

Creator: Hooker, Jenn; O'Driscoll, Janis
Date: 2019-10-14
  • 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.


Hooker, Jenn and O'Driscoll, Janis. “Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Janis O'Driscoll.” 2019-10-14. SCPL Local History. https://history.santacruzpl.org/omeka/items/show/135871. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.