1906 Earthquake Essay

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The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the April 2015 Nepal earthquakes were two of the most devastating and destructive earthquakes in history. The two natural disasters were very similar in the way they had prepared beforehand, responded immediately after and the aftermath and destruction caused from each shakedown. While they were similar on many counts, they also differed in varying ways.

The San Francisco earthquake in 1906 struck on April 18th and was a milestone in earthquake research. This earthquake had a magnitude of about 8.0, but that is averaging out the three magnitudes that scientists have recently created, since there was such little data from 1906 to give an accurate measurement. In this earthquake, it affected 296 miles across
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Soon after the earthquakes, there was a break in the water main pipes that lead to San Francisco and left the city without water. Days after the water main break there were fires that tore through the city. Since the water sources were not available to firefighters, they let the blaze storm through the city for multiple days, and the city soon was mostly burnt rubble. Once the city was mostly destroyed, it left room for architects and builders to reconstruct the city to a new and improved condition. While the city was nearly demolished, the new-found open lots left room for development of the …show more content…
The preparation preparation before the quakes was minimal in both incidents and lead to a lot of destruction of buildings and other structures. Response was very small for the 1906 San Francisco quake and while the April 2015 Nepal quake was more recent, there was still little response to the quake and its victims. Finally, the aftermath of the earthquakes were horrible and flattened many buildings and structures in the surrounding towns and lands. All in all, the two quakes were very similar to each other, even while there is a 109 year difference between

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