Loma Prieta earthquake: New museum exhibition looks back and ahead

The Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the city of Los Altos, marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake with the exhibition “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display through Jan. 19.

The exhibition highlights the stories of lives shaken by disasters in the area, and ways the community has worked together to prepare for natural disasters in the future.

In a series of free workshops, families and individuals can learn how to protect themselves and their pets in the event of earthquakes, wildfires, floods and other acts of nature at home and work.

Related programming includes:

• Emergency Volunteer Appreciation Night, 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 14. Local neighborhood leaders will share their plans to boost community safety and resilience.

• Holiday Safety Workshop, 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11. From lightbulbs to ladders, participants can make sure their families know how to remain safe throughout the holiday season.

• “Be Prepared for the Big One,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11. Visitors can take a ride on the Big Shaker, the world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator, and experience what an earthquake feels like.

Space is limited and registration is required for all programs.

Cal Water and Los Altos Community Foundation are corporate sponsors of “Our Community Prepares.”


To register and for more information, visit

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