What Was the San Francisco Earthquake?

Author: Dorothy Hoobler,Thomas Hoobler,Who HQ

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399542132

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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In this addition to the What Was? series, kids will experience what it was like to be in San Francisco in 1906 when the ground buckled in a major, catastrophic earthquake. One early April morning in 1906, the people of San Francisco were jolted awake by a mammoth earthquake—one that registered 7.8 on the Richter Scale. Not only was there major damage from the quake itself but broken gas lines sparked a fire that ravaged the city for days. More than 500 city blocks were destroyed and over 200,000 people were left homeless. But the city quickly managed to rebuild, rising from the ashes to become the major tourist destination it is today. Here's an exciting recount of an incredible disaster.

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 9780756524609

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 4617


Discusses one of the most devastating earthquakes in U.S. history that struck the West Coast on April 18, 1906, causing extensive damage and fires in San Francisco, California.

The San Francisco Earthquake

A Minute-by-Minute Account of the 1906 Disaster

Author: Gordon Thomas,Max Morgan-Witts

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497658837

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 3417


A “gripping, can’t-put-it-down” chronicle, drawing on eyewitness reports and historical documents, by the New York Times–bestselling authors of Enola Gay (Los Angeles Herald Examiner). It happened at 5:13 a.m. on April 18, 1906, in San Francisco. To this day, it remains one of the worst natural disasters in American history—and this definitive book brings the full story to vivid life. Using previously unpublished documents from insurance companies, the military, and the Red Cross, as well as the stories of those who were there, The San Francisco Earthquake exposes villains and heroes; shows how the political powers tried to conceal the amount of damage caused by the earthquake; reveals how efforts to contain the fire actually spread it instead; and tells how the military executed people without trial. It also features personal stories of people who experienced it firsthand, including the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso, the banker Amadeo Giannini, the writer-adventurer Jack London, the temperamental star John Barrymore, and the thousands of less famous in their struggle for survival. From the authors of The Day the Bubble Burst, The San Francisco Earthquake is an important look at how the city has handled catastrophe in the past—and how it may handle it in the future.

San Francisco's Interurban to San Mateo

Author: Robert Townley,Walter Rice,Emiliano Echeverria,Don Holmgren

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738530086

Category: History

Page: 128

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It's strange to think that an electric commuter rail line rivaling BART in efficiency, speed, and comfort ran over 100 years ago between San Francisco and San Mateo, but run it did. The 40 Line, or San Mateo Interurban, began in 1892 with an initial segment operating between Market and Steuart Streets out to the county limits on San Jose Avenue. Three years later, the line reached Baden in present-day South San Francisco, and by 1903 service was opened all the way to downtown San Mateo. During the line's heyday, there was talk of extending it down the peninsula from San Mateo to Palo Alto to connect with the Peninsular Railway to San Jose. The 1906 earthquake put this plan on hold. Following much the same route as today's Mission Street, El Camino Real, and Caltrain, the San Mateo Interurban carried over four million passengers a year along its main and spur lines until 1949, when the system was shut down amidst much fanfare.

1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Author: Richard Hansen,Gladys Hansen

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439642109

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 8592


One of the greatest disasters of the twentieth century, in words and photos. The Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 was an unparalleled catastrophe in the history of San Francisco. More than 4.5 square miles of the city burned and crumbled into a windswept desert of desolation. This book is filled with remarkable images, from before the earthquake through the blaze and into the rebuilding. With stories from survivors, and extensive photographs of sites from the waterfront in the east to Golden Gate Park in the west, the marina in the north to the Mission District in the south, readers can gain a vivid sense of this major historical event and how it affected one of America’s greatest cities.

The San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Of 1906

Author: Louise Chipley Slavicek

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438118163

Category: Earthquakes

Page: 128

View: 3100


At approximately 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, a powerful earthquake ripped through the city of San Francisco. Roadways rose and fell like ocean waves. Crumbling walls and chimneys rained glass and bricks onto sidewalks and streets, and crowded rooming houses suddenly vanished into heaps of splintered wood. Yet San Francisco's ordeal had only begun. The violent trembling of the ground had hardly stilled when dozens of fires sparked by damaged chimneys and severed gas lines ignited throughout the stricken city. By April 21st, the fires were finally brought under control, but the city had lost nearly 30,000 buildings to the earthquake and ensuing blazes, half of its population was homeless, and some 3,000 were dead. Until Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in 2005, the San Francisco calamity of 1906 was the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

A History Perspectives Book

Author: Marcia Amidon Lusted

Publisher: Cherry Lake

ISBN: 1631377094

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 925


This book relays the factual details of the story of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The narrative provides multiple accounts of the event, and readers learn details through the point of view of a fireman fighting fires and rescuing others, a girl whose home is destroyed, and a resident of Chinatown. The text offers opportunities to compare and contrast various perspectives in the text while gathering and analyzing information about a historical event.

1906 San Francisco Earthquake Centennial Field Guides

Field Trips Associated with the 100th Anniversary Conference, 18-23 April 2006, San Francisco, California

Author: Carol S. Prentice

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 0813700078

Category: Nature

Page: 417

View: 9190


The twenty field trip guides in this volume represent the work of earthquake professionals from the earth science, engineering, and emergency management communities. The guides were developed to cross the boundaries between these professions, and thus reflect this diversity: trips focus on the built environment, the effects of the 1906 earthquake, the San Andreas fault, and other active faults in northern California.