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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1906, San Francisco got the shakes   (history.com) divider line
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2022-04-18 10:01:44 AM  
This last summer, it was interesting reading about that quake while staying in a hotel that managed to survive the quake and subsequent fires.
 
2022-04-18 10:37:21 AM  
It wasn't so much the shakes as the hot flashes that damaged the city most.
 
2022-04-18 10:44:55 AM  
It wasn't the earthquake so much as the building codes that weren't yet invented. the fires were a result of the shanties and rough wood construction that rattled apart in the shaking.

/ Plus being situated right above the fault, which made the shaking more immediate
// They've gotten better... we may hear about cost of damaged buildings, but not so much of Lives lost in America
/// Haiti had it worse with a less powerful shaking
 
2022-04-18 10:46:06 AM  
What's particularly impressive is that the San Francisco Chronicle was able to publish the next morning. In a rare show of cooperation, the Oakland Tribune let them use their presses.
 
2022-04-18 11:03:19 AM  
decades later, San Francisco got the Hippy Hippy Shakes

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2022-04-18 11:27:24 AM  
I usually find a whiskey shot or a warm beer first thing in the morning usually gets rid of the shakes
 
2022-04-18 11:28:42 AM  

Mikeyworld: It wasn't the earthquake so much as the building codes that weren't yet invented. the fires were a result of the shanties and rough wood construction that rattled apart in the shaking.

/ Plus being situated right above the fault, which made the shaking more immediate
// They've gotten better... we may hear about cost of damaged buildings, but not so much of Lives lost in America
/// Haiti had it worse with a less powerful shaking


Yeah, that and the gas lighting.
 
2022-04-18 11:29:15 AM  
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2022-04-18 11:30:00 AM  
When they get the next Big One in SF, the city will burn down again.
 
2022-04-18 11:30:42 AM  
And a good chunk of Washington was cut down to rebuild it.
 
2022-04-18 11:34:19 AM  
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An 8+ magnitude earthquke would push modern emergency response to the limit.

In 1906 there wasn't much to do but watch.
 
2022-04-18 11:35:40 AM  

Mikeyworld: It wasn't the earthquake so much as the building codes that weren't yet invented. the fires were a result of the shanties and rough wood construction that rattled apart in the shaking.

/ Plus being situated right above the fault, which made the shaking more immediate
// They've gotten better... we may hear about cost of damaged buildings, but not so much of Lives lost in America
/// Haiti had it worse with a less powerful shaking


Add to that that insurance at the time would not cover earthquakes but would cover fire so you had many setting damaged buildings ablaze to have coverage.
 
2022-04-18 11:36:18 AM  

studebaker hoch: When they get the next Big One in SF, the city will burn down again.


Looking forward to that, are ya?
 
2022-04-18 11:36:45 AM  
Who needs building codes when you've got one working fire hydrant in the whole city?

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2022-04-18 11:41:01 AM  
I think this is the book I read about it.
https://www.simonwinchester.com/new-page-2 A Crack in the Edge of the World
Pretty good.
 
2022-04-18 11:41:20 AM  
The damned finest ruins
 
2022-04-18 11:48:00 AM  

Schmerd1948: studebaker hoch: When they get the next Big One in SF, the city will burn down again.

Looking forward to that, are ya?


No, I just see it coming.   The same post-earthquake conditions will exist.

Broken water mains, broken gas mains, impassable streets, and a wooden city.

It came close to happening again in 1986 in the Marina District, but they managed to put it out by running extended hose lays from their one fireboat.

The residents of SF know that fire will one day claim their city again, and simply accept this fact.   They even embrace it.  This is the same culture that invented Burning Man.
 
2022-04-18 11:55:57 AM  

uberalice: Mikeyworld: It wasn't the earthquake so much as the building codes that weren't yet invented. the fires were a result of the shanties and rough wood construction that rattled apart in the shaking.

/// Haiti had it worse with a less powerful shaking

Add to that that insurance at the time would not cover earthquakes but would cover fire so you had many setting damaged buildings ablaze to have coverage.


Insurance still won' cover earthquakes, calling then "acts of god". you pay serious extra for earthquake coverage.

/ Just like tornado coverage in Okla.
// and hurricane coverage in Florida
/// West Coast guy... serious west coast guy
 
2022-04-18 11:59:02 AM  
I also learned that there was a lot of anti-immigrant feelings.

Death tolls reported at the time gave a number like 478, a specific number. Now, stories say there were over 3,000 killed. The first reports did not count Asians or Irish deaths. I guess they didn't consider them human.

https://www.grunge.com/210885/the-1906-san-francisco-earthquake-was-worse-than-you-thought/
 
2022-04-18 12:04:44 PM  
There's an illuminating movie clip of San Francisco that was shot shortly before the quake. The camera was set on a streetcar and the footage shows the activity on the streets and sidewalks as the streetcar went past. If I hadn't been told it was 1906 San Francisco I wouldn't have suspected anything. My only "knowledge" of the era came from the Spencer Tracy/Clark Gable movie "San Francisco" that made San Francisco seem like a frontier town with swinging door saloons, tasseled plush furniture, and player pianos and stuff like that. You know. Nonsense.

This isn't the clip I originally saw, and the voiceover is distracting. but it looks pretty good.

[4k, 60 fps] San Francisco, a Trip down Market Street, April 14, 1906
Youtube VO_1AdYRGW8


In my wife's genealogy work, we came across a book of 1905 Louisville death records. It was just a ledger with name, age, cause of death, and personal details of the deceased. In it, there were a surprising number of deaths from street car. The behavior of pedestrians in this clip shows the reason why. The slow speed of the street car and the chaos of automobile behavior made crossing a street a tempting, dangerous thing to do. And downtowns were obviously much busier in those days. A different planet.
 
2022-04-18 12:50:54 PM  
Shakes?

Blue Oyster Cult: Veteran of the Psychic Wars
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2022-04-18 2:01:23 PM  
csb: Was with my sister and young nephew in the "cheap" seats at Candlestick Park, October 17, 1989.  Just heading back to the seats with Dr Peppers when we felt the first jolt, spilled one drink all over Mike and half on my sister as well.  Everyone froze for a moment, then Mike pipes up, "What did you do that for, Uncle Jerry?"   It relieved the tension in our area for a second.
 
2022-04-18 2:14:30 PM  
Somehow I suspect that masonry wouldn't have fared much better than the wooden construction.  Quakes don't usually woek that way.
 
2022-04-18 2:52:46 PM  
1906 earthquake sequence from San Francisco, 1936
Youtube hnk7FidwnTA
 
2022-04-18 10:12:27 PM  

SwiftFox: Somehow I suspect that masonry wouldn't have fared much better than the wooden construction.  Quakes don't usually woek that way.


Unreinforced masonry is the number one killer in earthquakes.  Mortar in older buildings can be so weak you can dig it out with a car key.
 
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