Thursday, March 13, 2008

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE OF 1906

It all started at 5:12am April 18 1906. There was a huge foreshock that could be felt
throughout the San Francisco area. Everyone knew that this would be an earthquake that
would be remembered for a long time. 25 seconds later the earthquake started. This was a
huge earthquake! Buildings were shaking violently, and people were scared out of their
minds. It was a 7.8 on the mericali scale. It could be felt from south Los Angeles, to
southern Oregon, and as far inland as Nevada. The earthquake lasted for a whole 60
seconds. After the earthquake ended, the whole city was in ruins. Buildings were
collapsed, and houses were destroyed. But then the worst thing that could have possibly
happen, happened! Numerous buildings were in fire! Everything you could see was up in
flames. The firefighters tried to use dynamite to stop the fire from spreading to more
buildings. This did not work at all, in fact in made everything even worse. This actually
made more fire. And while the buildings were being blown up, all the survivors were
standing there watching. And they still had bricks back then, so all the bricks came
crashing down on all the people. Many people and all the horses carrying the people were
killed. But in the earthquake, all the water lines were broken, so they had no way to put all the fires out. 798 people died in the flames and earthquake. But then the military took
over. They were ordered to shoot and kill any looters, or anyone committing a crime. 500
more people were shot and killed. The total property damages, cost 400 million dollars.The military brought all the survivors by wagon, to a camp, where they would be cared for and have shelter. In conclusion, the earthquake of 1906 was a devastating hit on everyone in San Francisco.

6 comments:

student08 said...

thats a lot of money, i would be bumm'd

Anonymous said...

Good writing- I felt like I was really there... Great description! ES2

Anonymous said...

Nice job!!!
very descriptive along with giving the information.
great!
TK2

Anonymous said...

That was a great story of the earthquake in 1906. I never knew much about this earthquake, I learned a lot. Lots of detail, great job! HZ2

Anonymous said...

thanks for that info now i can kill my grandpa in a history match


jm3

student08 said...

that is alot of money rd5