The main tremors began at 05:12 in the morning along the San Andrés fault. It was felt on the Pacific coast from Oregon to Los Angeles and inland it felt as far as Nevada. After that there was a fire that together with the earthquake is considered the most important catastrophe of the United States.
At first there were 478 deaths, but it is now known that the disaster was more catastrophic, and that the …show more content…
In 1908, he testified before an American District Court in San Francisco about what he saw.
"The most notable feature was that the eastern mountains approached four and a half feet to the western mountains," Schussler explained to the court.
Think about it. In a minute the whole mountains had moved a few feet.
"If San Francisco had been at or near the fault, there would have been none left," continued Schussler.
After the earthquake and the fires, more than 500 blocks from the city of San Francisco were in ruins. More than half of the city's population was left homeless. People lived in tents and other shelters, and cooked outdoors. Yet, despite the devastation, it was not long before people began to pick up the rubble.
"San Francisco is starting to rise from its ashes again," wrote UC Berkeley professor Samuel Fortier a week after the earthquake and fires. "There is no lack of confidence," he added. "The value of the people is simply remarkable. The thousands of people who have lost almost everything they own are wonderfully cheerful, and we rarely hear