Comparing Two Earthquakes Essay

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Comparing Two Earthquakes In 1989 an earthquake hit San Francisco, on the west coast of USA, killing around 200 people. Twelve years later an earthquake hit Gujarat, in India. This time it killed approximately 30,000 people. In this report I will be comparing the two earthquakes, giving reasons why the Gujarat earthquake was so much more deadly than the one in San Francisco.

An earthquake is a movement or tremor in the earths crust. Earthquakes happen all the time, but some are so weak that they cannot be felt. We know when there is an earthquake by using a seismometer, which is an instrument used to measure the earthquakes vibrations. The San Francisco earthquake and the
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Fires broke out across the city and rescue workers found it hard to free people from damaged buildings. More than a million homes were pulled down by the shake and over 13,000

people were made homeless. Water mains broke and apartment blocks collapsed, the Marina District turned into a raging inferno after a broken gas main exploded in a block of flats. A mile of the two-tier road the Nimitz Highway collapsed, which was supposedly ‘Earthquake Proof’ but the Big Shake was too much for it. A huge section of the Nimitz fell onto the road below squashing cars into 12 inch spaces. Candle Stick Park contained 60,000 baseball fans that day and once the game began ‘the skies seemed to fall’ The stadium started to crack and threw chunks of falling metal at players and spectators pushing the death toll up further. Estimates stood at $7 billion the next day.

[IMAGE] And 12 years later the Gujarat Earthquake hit, this Indian Earthquake hit at 8.50am on Friday 26 January 2001. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale it was the most powerful Earthquake hitting India since 1950. The quake sent big tremors thousands of kilometers across the continent, which were also felt as far away as Nepal and Bangladesh. Although the quake lasted just 45 seconds it caused massive damage. The worst hit was in the city of Bhuj, nearest to the epicentre, more than half of its buildings collapsed and most of

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