Photos by Michelle Kilfeather
It's Oct. 17, 1989, and Yayne Abeba, fresh out of high school, living on her own, and working in the Marina, wants to step outside with a coworker to talk shit about their boss. In a few minutes, her life and the lives of everyone in the Bay Area will change forever.
Episode 2 of Storied: San Francisco is the story of Yayne's day after the Loma Prieta earthquake, a magnitude 6.9 quake that shook foundations, started fires, leveled freeways, and changed many things about life in the Bay Area.
Yayne shared her story with me in September 2017 at Emperor Norton's Boozeland in the Tenderloin.
Yayne and her friend Priya Prasad do a podcast called Wit Meets Wine. You can find the podcast on Soundcloud. Follow her dog Pablo on Instagram at @pablotheplayah.