San Francisco 1906 Earthquake

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Earthquakes can bring unfortunate events, such as destroyed cities, many losses and limited resources. An example of this is “The San Francisco 1906 Earthquake and Fire left around 300,000 people homeless and the bay area in despair. A number of camps were set up around the city to deal with the destruction. Many people also left the city by the bay in search for more stable grounds.” stated from San Francisco 1906 Earthquake & Fire. (Paragraph 15). (https://www.sftourismtips.com /san-francisco-1906-earthquake.html). In the eyewitness accounts, “Comprehending the Calamity” by Emma Burke, and “Horrific Wreck of the City” by Fred Hewitt, both authors share similarities of how they face the unfortunate events and how they survived with the limited resources they have. On page 3, an example from “Comprehending the Calamity” states: “I walked over the remains of my personal possessions, without a feeling of regret or a sigh or tear. Everything seemed so insignificant, and the world so far away. That is, the world we had …show more content…
A difference is shown on page 3 from “Comprehending the Calamity”: “The flames now lit the whole country round, and he who had directed our fire department for so many years with such bravery and skill was crushed to death under the fallen bastions of the California Hotel.” (Paragraph 6). However, “Horrific Wreck of the City” states: “From down south of Market street the glare grew and grew. The flames went heavenward and licked the sky. It looked as if the end of the world was surely at hand.” (Paragraph 10). This shows how both authors view the fires differently, Emma Burke being upset/sad about the hotel burning down, while Fred Hewitt is thinks that the end of the world is

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