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In the wake of the October 17, 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Caltrans commissioned an oral history project to document the personal and professional experiences of Caltrans employees who worked to restore the State's damaged transportation system. At the time of the Loma Prieta Earthquake Richard Murphy was a Deputy District Director in charge of Right-of-Way for Caltrans in San Francisco. In the interview he discusses his personal earthquake experience at work in San Francisco and left the office after the shaking ended to learn about the damage from a Highway Patrol Radio and small portable TV set. Sensing the seriousness of the situation, Murphy was instructed to operate the California Street office and he stayed there until the next morning. In the days after the earthquake he directed the Senior Right-of-Way agents to inspect Caltrans owned properties for damage, reopening the Right-of-Way office on Van Ness Street, and to assist with emergency efforts at the Cypress Structure and earthquake damage within San Francisco.
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