Friday, March 14, 2008

1906 San Francisco Earthquake

The California earthquake of April 18 1906 was one of the most significant earthquakes of all time.
San Francisco in 1906 was the largest and most important port on the pacific coast, and the ninth largest city in the United States and it had the largest china town outside of Asia. The population of this large city at the time was only 400,000.
On April 18 1906 people were still sleeping and some were just waking up around 5:00 am. But at 5:12 am the ground began to violently shake beneath them and outside their windows buildings were falling down. The shaking lasted around 45 to 60 seconds. This massive earthquake was so large that it was felt in Oregon to Los Angeles and inland as far as central Nevada. Rupturing the north most 296 miles of the San Andréas fault from northwest of San Juan Batista to the triple junction at Cape Mendocino, the earthquake confounded geologists with its large horizontal rupture length. The earthquake estimated at approximately 8.25 on the later developed Richter scale.
The great fire that burned after the earthquake had caused most of the damage in the city. The fire burned for four long days and burned most of the remaining buildings.
The earthquake and fire left 3/4 of the population homeless. Over 3000 deaths were caused directly or indirectly by the catastrophe at. 498 deaths were reported in San Franscisco.64 in Santa Rosa, and 102 in and or near San Jose. The death toll rose to 3000 because many were shot when mayor Eugene Schmitz ordered police and army personnel to shoot looters.
In conclusion the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was one of the most largest and devastating earthquakes of all time and is a big part in U.S. history.
~gh3

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

i feel bad for those people. they lost a lot. i didn't know an earthquake could be so destructive. thanks for the info. now i'll be sure to keep myself safe to make sure that doesn't happen to me. [CT3]

Anonymous said...

Good... but one thing is i can't really tell what your title is. You should make it bigger.

DJ3

Anonymous said...

i think that the original deaths was correct, but i think that there was only 500 others being shot. But everything else was really good.

student08 said...

very intesting and well written(ml3)

Anonymous said...

it was really good. it made me think what those people went through. good job

Anonymous said...

The writing grabbed my attention realy well

mj4

Anonymous said...

thats crzy, all those people dying in one day! well good job with all that info! np4

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was a heck of an earthquake, and the fires really must have been bad. You could work on grammar a little bit. Overall you did a magnificent job. GG4

Anonymous said...

i feel bad for the people that they lost a lot Em

Anonymous said...

i feel so bad for the people, that would suck if it happened to us, if i am correct

KL5

Anonymous said...

very good details. i feel bad for those people who had to go through this though.

CB1