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Outreach & the Loma Prieta Earthquake

At 5:04 PM on October 17th, 1989, Outreach worker Catherine Steele and her assistant were about a hundred yards down the road from Murphy's Camp, a migrant farmworker housing facility. They drove into the camp and began translating into Spanish the English-language radio broadcasts which at that point were the only news coming in from the outside world. They continued for two and half hours, until Spanish language broadcasts began.

Catherine worked round the clock for the next two days. Along with other library staff, she answered Community Information Service phones at the Civic Auditorium, Then, until mid-December, she served as a translator for Red Cross staff who helped to find permanent housing for hundreds of displaced people in and around Watsonville.

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