Skip to comments.Today Marks 114 Years Since the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
Posted on 04/18/2020 7:50:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Saturday marks 114 years since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the Bay Area and beyond.
The 7.9-magnitude earthquake killed more than 3,000 people and destroyed 28,000 buildings.
The earthquake was felt just after 5 a.m. throughout the Bay Area. The earthquake broke loose less than 30 seconds later, with an epicenter near San Francisco.
Strong shocks lasted from 45 to 60 seconds. The great earthquake was felt from southern Oregon to south of Los Angeles and even as far as central Nevada.
The earthquake marks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time.
Was this earthquake caused by Global Warming?
Seems like yesterday.
The Shaanxi Earthquake of 1556 just said hold my beer.
Isnt this also the anniversary of the Jimmy Doolittle raid on Tokyo?
Pelosi remembers it like it was yesterday. She was having ice cream.
“It was a marvelous time! The city thrown into chaos; thousands dead and dying; everyone out of work; and me slurping ice cream (sweet ice cream)! Today. Yesterday. One in the same. Only much bigger this time! And my ice creams now are sooo much sweeter!” Nanzi remenisced.
I had an Aunt who was six when it happened. We use to sit for hours talking about what she saw. Nice to get it first hand. Really wish I had recorded her. She died at 98 way back when.
This film was shot maybe 4 days before the earthquake. There was some publicity about it and people were encouraged to drive their cars down to Market Street to show them off. This clip has sound added. There are several types of street carscable cars, electric trolley cars and horse-drawn streetcars shown. Automobiles pedestrians, horse-drawn carrages, even a guy on horseback. Also the rules of the road weren’t quite set in stone.
At the very end, when the cable car gets to the Embarcadero, there’s a man with a long beard. He could have been a ‘49er back in the day.
Gee what a milestone, how could we forget
Locals refer to it as The Fire - did much more damage than the quake did...
A large part of the peninsula moved 8 feet north in 2 minutes. That’s what all the shaking was about.
I’ve heard some people call it the “Ham and Eggs Fire.”
Apparently someone tried to cook breakfast after the quake, but there was a large crack in the chimney.
Some have claimed that this was the source of the Great Fire.
Lottie’s Fountain. Met there many times. In 1987 we met with five survivors in the early, chilly morning. Amazing. I’ll never forget the history teacher who led the morning event while wearing a top hat, tails and a walking cane. The Catholic Giamotti lent loans without interest to struggling families and workers which gave Bank of America tons of credit with consumers. Today, B of A has lost it’s credit with consumers by supporting anti-Catholic groups and punishing innocent consumers with massive fees.
In other news, President Trump gave another bold speech today and I am convinced that he is protected by God and by the finest military.
Thanks. That is amazing footage!
The earthquake ruptured SF’s gas and water mains which started fires that then became impossible to fight.
Writers described walking through neighborhoods where all seemed normal except that they were ultimately doomed to the advancing fires. Dynamite “was lavishly used” to attempt to create corridors across which the fires could not pass, but they did, and the city burned following “a mere thirty seconds’ twitching of the Earth’s crust”.
Preachers called the SF fire a manifestation of God’s wrath against man’s sinful pride. They would say the same a few years later with the sinking of the Titanic.
When my parents lived there in 1963, they could have talked to someone who remembered that event first-hand.
Time marches on.
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