Causes And Effects Of San Francisco Earthquake

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Register to read the introduction… Living off the wealth of the gold rush, the city was the ninth biggest in the nation with a staggering 400,000+ people living within the city. It became a city rich in culture and led the West of the United States in financial endeavors and trade markets. At precisely 5:12am a foreshock occurred that was felt throughout the San Francisco Bay area and lasted for about 20 to 25 seconds, then came the big shake. Lasting about 45-60 seconds the earthquake was felt from southern Oregon to the south of Los Angeles and inland to central Nevada. Surrounding cities like Santa Rosa and San Jose also suffered severe damages from the quake, including the permanent shift of the Salinas River of about 6 miles south. Within moments of the earthquake the shock caused massive fires due to the rupturing of many gas pipes, sparks from broken power cables, and the warm temperatures claimed to have been unseasonal for the time. Smashed water mains made it near impossible for firefighters to put out fires that consumed mostly wooden buildings. According to California Geology, a reported 3,000 people were killed in the wake of the quake. Some 225,000- 300,000 people were left homeless, out of the 400,000 people in San Francisco. The damage was reported to be about $524 million, which would amount to over $8.5 billion in …show more content…
An enormous part of our economic infrastructure would be taken out entirely and relief would be needed from the whole nation. In 1906 a total of $5 million was raised a few days after the world got a hold of the news, today the relief effort for something so devastating would surpass that enormously. If the City of San Francisco were to ask for relief from the nation, the military forces would have to be called in for aid to assist the local firemen, policemen, and volunteers to search for survivors. Assuming this would have to happen, a large amount of money would also be needed to shelter and feed all the displaced people. Another factor would be a situation regarding hospitals and transportation of patients to different hospitals due to overcrowding. This would make the economy of the Bay Area fall into a deep recession, far wore than what it is now. The value of the property would depreciate along with any investments that are in the city. Overall, the city of San Francisco, and surrounding cities, would all suffer a great economic loss if an earthquake with the same magnitude of the 1906 earthquake were to reoccur.

Works Cited
Booth, William. "Repeat of Quake Of 1906 Could Be Even More Deadly." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2006. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. <>.
Harden, Deborah Reid. California

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