Loma Prieta Earthquake Research Paper

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A cloud of dust was visible from the rubble of the collapsed buildings. The only light in the city was the fire burning in the Marina district. Sirens blared from every direction. The shock was responsible for 63 deaths, 3,757 injuries and left 3,000-12,000 people homeless. Homes and offices were destroyed. 1/2 a mile of well-used interstate 880 highway collapsed. A 50-foot section of the San Francisco-Oakland bay bridge had fallen onto the lower level killing one person. Parts of the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz collapsed and lead to the death of 3 people. The brick wall on Bluxome street collapsed and killed five people. All 63 people had mothers, fathers, and family. It was no one's fault. There was no one to blame. The earthquake happened with no warning and there was nothing that anyone could have done to stop it (Thompson). It would cost up to ten billion dollars to repair the physical damage (Montgomery). Although, no amount of money could repair the loss of friends and family.
The earthquake brought the whole community together immediately. Kathy ran over to the neighbors to see if her son was okay. Luckily the neighbors had gotten him out in time. After things had settled down,
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