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Loma Prieta earthquake heroes ‘Make It Out Alive’

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Stories of firefighters making daring rescues in The Marina in San Francisco and under the Cypress Freeway in Oakland after the Loma Prieta Earthquake are in “Make It Out Alive” airing Oct. 22 and 23. (Courtesy Smithsonian Channel)
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In recognition of the anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake — at 5:04 p.m. Oct. 17, 1989 — the Smithsonian Channel presents “Make It Out Alive,” a show (with re-enactments!) dedicated to the massive 7.1 temblor that left parts of The City in ruins and trapped commuters under the collapsed Cypress Structure in Oakland and in burning homes in the Marina.

The show covers “heart-pounding and heartbreaking rescue efforts,” focusing on five people “fighting to survive the deadliest U.S. earthquake in more than 80 years,” with stories of heroism and comments from San Francisco firefighter Gerry Shannon, East Bay firefighters Tim Petersen and Andy Papp and reporter Kevin Fagan.

The San Francisco Quake episode of “Make It Out Alive” airs at 9 p.m. Oct. 22 and 12 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 23 on the Smithsonian Channel (118 on AT&T U-Verse, 367 on Dish in San Francisco).

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