The San Francisco Earthquake By Jerome Clark

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Rajdeep Singh

“Men lost their reason at these awful moments” ("The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906" 4). This was said by Jerome Clark, a survivor of San Francisco 's deadliest earthquake in history. In this single sentence, he described the entire disaster through his own eyes ("The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906" 4). The Great San Francisco Earthquake may be studied by examining the earthquake, the fire, and the aftermath of the disaster.
The night before the earthquake was almost like any other night in the bristling city of San Francisco. The world-famous opera singer, Enrico Caruso, was performing at the city 's Grand Opera House. The music and singing filled the building with harmonious notes. Caruso’s voice was like thunder, and it seemed to shake the Opera House. Little did the spectators know that the earthquake to come in a matter of hours would not only shake, but destroy San Francisco’s Opera House (Montagne 1). On April 18, 1906 at 5:12 AM, the citizens of San Francisco were awakened by intense shaking. The earthquake lasted from forty to sixty seconds, with a small fore shock that arrived 20 seconds earlier. It is difficult for scientists to estimate the intensity of this earthquake because of the early and inaccurate equipment from the turn of the century. With today 's modern equipment, seismologists have estimated the earthquake to be a 7.7 to 8.3 on the Richter scale. This single quake ruptured 290 miles along California 's San Andreas fault line
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