San Francisco Earthquake 1906

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Cooke, Tim. 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Milwaukee: Gareth Stevens Pub., 2005. Print.

On April 18, 1906 at approximately 5:13 a.m., a super powerful earthquake that lasted for about 45 to 60 seconds struck San Francisco, California. The earthquake that hit the town was so strong, that people all along the West Coast of the U.S felt it; the areas along the coast included Oregon to Los Angeles, California and east into the state of Nevada. Unfortunately, since the earthquake was an 8.3 on the Richter scale more than 3,000 people were killed, while 225,000 people were left homeless. Thousands of people were left homeless after the earthquake disrupted about 12,000 square miles of land. It has been said that one of the reasons why the 1906 earthquake caused so much damage, was that parts of San Francisco were built on land that was once the seabed of the San Francisco Bay. Thus, a majority of the land in San Francisco should have never been built on, since the building does not have the proper ground support.

Reference #2: Date Accessed: 3/18/2015
Richard, Hansen Barton., and Gladys C. Hansen. 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Charleston: South Carolina, 2013. Print. In the 1906 earthquake, the buildings that were damaged the most had wooden structures that were built on alluvial soil or landfill. In addition, because the buildings had weak foundations, those killed in the earthquake were in wooden structures, not brick. Surprisingly, the buildings that were well built with brick, stood up very well to this disastrous earthquake; many buildings of which are actually still standing today. Sadly in 1906, even though about 575 firefighters were on duty, the men were basically useless to help stop the fires, due to the shortage of water supply. To be honest, from what I have read, the firefighters never had a…...

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