Personal Narrative Essay On Earthquake

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Earthquakes. Those times when the ground rumbles and shakes, buildings are destroyed, and people’s homes are lost. Sometimes, people make the best of it. Other times, they become scared, angry, and confused. The great San Francisco earthquake happened April 18th, 1906, at around 5:15 am. According to the US Geological Survey, it was measured at a magnitude of 7.8. A section of rock along the infamous San Andreas Fault snapped just a few miles north of the city, creating the largest earthquake on record of the city. There were only 400,000 people living there at the time. The number of people that lost their lives was reported to be around 315 people. However, the overall death toll from the earthquake was closer to around 700 people. The shaking from the Great S.F. earthquake also created a bit of structural damage, breaking a number of San Francisco’s gas and water lines. Because of this, shortly after the earthquake hit, fires began. The fire department was unsuccessful in putting out the fires because the water lines were broken, and they didn’t have the proper tools. After the quake, the fire burned for three days. Then, the fire department was finally able to put the fire out by building a fire path, that is now known as Van Ness Street.The earthquake and fire left around 300,000 people homeless (SF Tourism Tips). The two personal narrative writings “Comprehending the Calamity” by Emma Burke and “Horrific Wreck of the City” by Fred Hewitt both show what happened during

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