Essay about An Earthquake Of The City Of San Francisco

778 Words Feb 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
In the early morning of April 18, 1906 at catastrophic event took ahold of one of the largest cities in the United States. An earthquake shook the sleepy city of San Francisco to its inner core. The first of two lasted about 40 seconds, the second started about 10 seconds after the first one stopped (Barrymore). The second quake was the big one lasting 25 seconds, the estimation is 7.8 to 8.3 magnitude (Barrymore). This was the result of the tectonic plates in the San Andreas fault line moving past each other 15 feet(annual average is 2 inches a year) (Barrymore). The impacted area was 300, 00 square miles along the fault line. The damage was beyond extensive destroying water/sewer pipes, crippling telephone and transportation facilities including railways, buckled roadways, left more than 200, 000 homeless and killed three-thousand plus. The property damage was estimated in the 235 to 500 million 1906 US dollars currency; this amount is equivalent to the entire 1906 budget (Barrymore).
The fire that swept after the fact is the main source of the devastation. The 3 day inferno burned an area of 4.7 square miles. Majority of the homes and businesses went up like tinder boxes, many due to lax housing codes and slum areas. Uncontrolled fires burned, due to broken gas mains/lines and help from citizens in panic over insurance coverage (Frantz). Many people started fires to their homes because they had fire insurance but not earthquake. The homes had substantial quake damage,…

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