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The Greatest Earthquake in California

California is often subjected to earthquakes because of specific geo factors, but the greatest one happened in San Francisco in 1906, and its power was 7.8 degrees. As a result, many buildings were ruined and many people died, but the worst part is that this earthquake started the fire that destroyed the city central business district. It took place on the so-called San Andreas Fault, a major fracture on the planet’s crust.

Basically, all movements along this transform fault are characterized by regular large and minor earthquakes that often originate near the surface and along its path. The greatest earthquake that happened in 1906 and another one (1989) that was less serious both were caused by movements along this fault. According to the theories of plate tectonics, this fault results from the abutment of 2 major plates of the planet’s crust. Its parts still keep moving with different speeds and rates and result in a high risk of future earthquakes for local inhabitants.

In the early morning, people experienced the greatest earthquake in this state, and its basic epicenter was close to San Francisco. There are many violent shocks that punctuated strong shaking that lasted for about one minute. Other states also felt this earthquake, including Oregon and Nevada, and it formed a 300-mile long crack in the ground. As an example, the earthquake that happened in the same region in 1989 formed a crack that is only 25 miles long.

The negative results of this horrible earthquake were tremendous because nearly 800 local inhabitants died and many people become homeless because multiple buildings were ruined. Moreover, there were incredible financial losses suffered (about $400 million). This natural disaster marked the very dawn of the modern scientific studies and research of this fault system in California.

Before this terrible earthquake, the entire research in the US advanced and developed very slowly compared to the similar efforts of such countries as Japan. After it, many scientists in this state started assembling their observations and take other steps forwards this purpose. Their reports introduced in 1908 was the exhausting and valuable compilation of details and fact from many scientists and it was targeted at the damage caused by this earthquake, movement of the fault, underlying geology, seismograph records, and other important information.

California is often subjected to earthquakes because of specific geo factors, but the greatest one happened in San Francisco in 1906, and its power was 7.8 degrees. As a result, many buildings were ruined and many people died, but the worst part is that this earthquake started the fire that destroyed the city central business district.

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