Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Chuck Atkinson & Sarah Rabkin

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 29, 2019.

Chuck Atkinson and Sarah Rabkin were faculty at UC Santa Cruz at the time of the quake; while Sarah was in a union meeting, Chuck saw the earthquake from a vista on campus over the bay. Their account includes two “documentary poems” from Chuck on his experience, and Sarah’s vantage point as a resident preceptor in the campus dorms.

Creator: Atkinson, Chuck; Rabkin, Sarah; Hooker, Jenn
Date: 2019-10-29
  • 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.


Atkinson, Chuck, Sarah Rabkin, and Jenn Hooker. “Epicenter: A Loma Prieta Earthquake Story with Chuck Atkinson & Sarah Rabkin.” 2019-10-29. SCPL Local History. https://history.santacruzpl.org/omeka/items/show/135873. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.