Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

5:12AM April 18, 1906, San Francisco was struck by one of the highest ranking earthquakes of all time. The massive earthquake ruptured the north most 299 miles of the San Andreas Fault, and destroying over 490 city blocks. Killing about 3,000 people and injuring about 225,000 more. The property damage was a bout 400,000,000 in 1906 money. Most of the destruction occurred from the fires that were ignited from the earthquake. The epicenter was about 2 miles offshore from Mussel Rock, California. The shaking started and lasted about 40-45 seconds long. The earthquake was felt from southern Oregon to south of Los Angeles and as inland as centeral Nevada.

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