National Geographic : 1990 May
"My watch read 5:04"-right on time, according to the recorded moment of the earth's upheaval. Landscaper David Gasser had pulled his pickup off Route 1 about 70 kilometers south of San Francisco when "the cliffs began exploding" across the road. The amateur photographer, 30 kilometers from the quake's epicenter, captured the center and flanks of the resulting landslide (left, top to bottom). Minutes later it still seethed (below), as did a distant slide, at lower right. As the dust settled from San Francisco south to Santa Cruz and beyond, a wide-angle picture of destruction emerged: 63 people dead, nearly 3,800 injured, more than 28,000 homes and businesses damaged, and losses totaling some six billion dollars.