Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Quake of 1906 Anniversary

In 1906, San Francisco and the rest of America, suffered what was the worst natural disaster up until Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Quake of '06 hit San Francisco hard, causing fires that killed a large number of people. The government placed the number dead at 478, a number they drew out of a hat, for fear of a loss of real estate and growth after the quake. Estimates range more from 3000-6000 dead. Having grown up in the Bay Area and having learned a little of the history, this date is important. I was a freshman in high school when on October 17, 1989, in Loma Prieta, California, the earth began to tremble once more, up to 7.2 on the Richter scale. I was at school working on Tied To The Tracks a pretty fun musical. I was outside in the Quad. Roland, a senior and a very energetic fun guy, ran to the middle of the Quad when he saw the windows start to shake. I followed him out and sat down, watching and feeling the earth shake back and forth, side to side. With this post, I pay a tribute to those who lost loved ones during both of those earthquakes. Nobody that I knew passed away during the Loma Prieta Quake of '89. The quake damaged a lot of homes and changed many people's lives.


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