The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Nobleman
     
 

In 1906, San Francisco endured one of the most devastating earthquakes to strike the United States. Within a matter of seconds, the city was thrown into chaos as the earth split open and buildings toppled over. As the dust settled, people quickly realized that the nightmare was not over. Massive fires had developed throughout San Francisco. The Army, police, and… See more details below

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In 1906, San Francisco endured one of the most devastating earthquakes to strike the United States. Within a matter of seconds, the city was thrown into chaos as the earth split open and buildings toppled over. As the dust settled, people quickly realized that the nightmare was not over. Massive fires had developed throughout San Francisco. The Army, police, and firefighters used creative strategies to put out the raging fires that were ravaging the city. The heroics of these people were all that kept San Francisco from burning to the ground.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Focusing on emergency response to fires sparked after earthquake tremors rocked San Francisco, California, on April 18, 1906, this history overlooks many significant aspects associated with that natural disaster. This title explains why San Francisco was established at a geologically vulnerable site, although it does not discuss when people first became aware of the San Andreas Fault. Military intervention to curb looting is described, as are methods used to control fires despite San Francisco firefighters lacking sufficient water sources to extinguish flames. The book does not reveal that many people set fires to collect insurance fraudulently because their policies did not cover earthquakes. Description of earthquake victims excludes San Francisco's large Chinese population, which experienced tremendous property losses while encountering racism from rescuers and refugees. No statistics enumerating San Francisco's population decline and resurgence after the earthquake are provided. The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exhibition celebrating San Francisco's restoration is not mentioned. This history does not discuss modern engineering efforts to earthquake-proof San Francisco structures, scientific research regarding the San Andreas Fault, or later catastrophic Bay Area earthquakes in 1957 and 1989. Biographical blurbs omit a death date for Frederick Newton Freeman who died in 1941. Pair with Laurence Yep, The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 (2006). Part of the "We the People" series.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756524609
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
We the People: Modern America Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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