Mega Disasters

Season 1 Episode 10

San Francisco Earthquake

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 22, 2006 on The History Channel
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San Francisco Earthquake
Relive the devastating earthquake of 1906 and what would happen to San Francisco today if a quake of similar strength occured.
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Any large earthquake is a disaster, no matter where it occurs. But in 1906 what happened in San Francisco was beyond a disaster, it was a mega disaster. The city was enjoying a cultural feast with Enrico Caruso and the New York Metropolitan Opera, but all that changes in just 50 seconds. At 5:12 am, the San Andreas Fault delivers a massive shock, 7.9 on the Richter Scale. Gaping holes open up in the streets and building collapse like matchsticks. Then, the real disaster happens. For three days fanned by winds, dozens of fires from ruptured gaslines rage across the city. The military takes over, looters and some innocents are shot on sight. So many perish that no one can even count the dead. But 200,000 homeless and a city in ruins does not deter the will to rebuild, on the same seismically fractured ground. And a century later, a deadly fault still grinds beneath the city, ready to erupt again. History is poised to repeat itself. The only question is: When?

    • NOTES (2)

      • 2 hour special

      • Commentators:

        Simon Winchester
        Author, A Crack in the Edge of the World

        James Dalessandro
        Author, 1906 A Novel

        Andrea Davies Henderson, PhD
        Historian, Urban Disasters

        Eric Elsesser
        Structural Engineer

        Jack Boatwright
        USGS Geologist

        Malcom Barker
        Author, Thee Fearful Days

        Philip Fradkin
        Author, The Great Earthquake and Firestorms of 1906

        Al Sassus
        San Francisco Fire Department Historian

        Joanne Hayes-White
        San Francisco Fire Chief

        Philip Choy
        Architect, Historian

        Robert Courland
        Historian 1906 Earthquake and Fires

        Gladys Hansen
        San Francisco Historian

        Herbert K. Hamrol
        1906 Survivor

        Gavin Newsom
        Mayor of San Francisco

        Mark Klett
        Historic Photographer

        Emily Sano
        Director, Asian Art Museum

        Steve Pryor
        Structural Engineer

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