The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 that rocked our nation. On April 18, 1906 an earthquake hit San Francisco for mere minutes. The earthquake registered 8.25 on the Richter scale (eyewitnesshistory). The damage from the earthquake paled in comparison to the level of destruction that followed. The quake cost 3,000 people their lives and not only rattled the residences of San Francisco, but people from Oregon to L.A and as far inland as Nevada(history.com).
Have you ever heard of the 1906 earthquake? Well, it was one of the biggest California earthquakes in history. There are two primary sources, by Emma Burke, and Fred Hewitt, that create a firsthand account of the earthquake. Both Burke and Hewitt lived through the deadly 1906 earthquake, and both experienced death, homelessness, and the casualties too great to describe. Burke wrote mostly about the aftermath of the earthquake, while Hewitt wrote about the actual earthquake as it happened.The eyewitness accounts, “Comprehending The Calamity” by Burke, and “Horrific Wreck Of The City”, by Hewitt have similar tension, but different setting.
It took a complete two days to put out all of the fires. The fires spread so rapidly due to the extreme winds caused by a strong typhoon that was coming off the coast of Noto Peninsula which brought winds that were catastrophic to the Tokyo Bay. The rebuilding of the city quickly began to help get the city back to the booming area it was. The earthquake causes destruction in the surrounding areas of Kanagawa, Chiba and Shizuoka as well as throughout the Kantō area. Some Japanese witnesses said that the disastrous earthquake was an act of punishment become the people were becoming self-centered and immoral and relishing in their extravagant, lush lifestyles which were thanks to the booming trade center the city had become.
1976 Tangshan Earthquake Introduction: At 03:42 AM on Wednesday July 28 1976, it was believed that the largest earthquake had occurred near the Tangshan (a large industrial prefecture-level city in northeastern China with approximately 1 million or more residents) in Hebei with a magnitude of 7.8. The earthquake struck at a very late mid-night (03:42 AM) where more than a million people laid sleeping and not evacuated. The entire earthquake was claimed to last for approximately 14 to 16 seconds with a 7.1 magnitude aftershocks. The event struck a totally unexpected area, demolishing the city and causing 242,000 casualties and at least 700,000 were injured resulting it to be the one of the deadliest earthquakes in the twentieth century. [Rosenberg
On April 18, 1906 a deadly earthquake struck San Francisco. The people of San Francisco were having a normal day but at 5:13 a.m the earthquake struck. It lasted for 48 seconds it resulted in the city going up in flames. Around 6 o 'clock the flames became more forceful and at 8 o 'clock they made their way into north beach which spread to the hills. The earthquake affected the cities because it burned down the buildings that those cities needed to make money, the whole downtown was mostly in ruin.
In 1755, Portugal was hit with a devastating natural disaster known as the Lisbon earthquake, killing an estimated 70,000 people and destroying almost 20,000 homes. As this was considered the first modern natural disaster of its time, and because the earthquake took place in a major capital city, the event sparked much discussion on the understanding of why it happened. In traditional view, the world was considered to be the best of all possible worlds and natural disasters "were often used as illustrations to indicate how "bad things" could happen" (Dynes 98). The Lisbon earthquake proved that, indeed, bad things can happen. The earthquake occurred almost at the center of the Enlightenment, a time when people began to use reason rather than
On September 1, 1923 a 7.9 earthquake hit the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area around noon. It lasted for up to 10 minutes in some areas. The earthquake affected 2 million people. The quake killed about 142,800 people, which makes it one of the most deadliest earthquakes ever.” At the end of the day, after
An earthquake is a serious manner in which no one should take lightly. This earthquake was notable for its incongruity: it was one of the most powerful to hit New York City in decades, and yet it caused little damage. The likelihood of an earthquake in the New York metropolitan area has been assessed as ‘‘moderate’’ (Tantala, 2008, p. 812). However, New York City has experienced already three earthquakes and what are going to be the odds for another earthquake happening soon. According to Tantala (2008), although New York City is a region with low seismic hazard (infrequent damaging earthquakes), it actually has high seismic risk because of its tremendous assets, concentration of buildings, and the fragility of its structures, most of which have not been seismically designed (p. 813).
However, peculiarities of the lithosphere of the city can scare the newcomer. The city of San Francisco is in a high seismic activity zone, as very close are faults the San - Andreas (along the San Francisco Peninsula) and Hayward (on the eastern side of the bay). Small tremors come here often enough, but twice throughout its history (1906 and 1989) the city suffered the earthquake damage. The territory of San Francisco is a difficult terrain, as it has about fifty hills. The highest is Mount Davidson (283 meters above sea
There are many natural disasters that affect the world, for example, volcanoes. Mount St. Helens is known to be the most active volcano in the Cascade Range in Washington; effecting the people and the state. It was first recognized as a volcano in 1835! Before the eruption on May 18,1980, Mount St. Helens was a beautiful symmetrical cone, 3,000 meters above sea level. For most of the 20th century, many people viewed this mountain and recreation area as a beautiful and peaceful place, but after the volcano erupted in 1980 that view point was shattered.
This is important to understand so that we may respect the power and destruction of volcanoes. Powerful civilizations have fallen because of volcanic eruptions and the entire world can be impacted because of a single eruption. Volcanoes can erupt with more power then any human made bomb and can send an array of dangerous hazards down its slopes. It is ironic that mankind knows all of the risks that come with living by a volcano, not only because of scientific research but also because of past volcanic eruptions, and yet people continue to build houses near or next to volcanoes. Volcanoes offer a lot of benefits to society.
On September 11, 2001 the twin towers were attacked. A total of three thousand people died that morning. The worse thing is that four hundred of them were policemen and firemen they were trying to save other people but they died in the action.They all died from the collapse or being stuck in the rubble for too long. ("11 Facts About 9/11.") This disaster caused lots and lots of lives from innocent people.