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San Francisco Earthquake In 1906

The earthquake of April 18, 1906, is in the history of America as one of the most disastrous disasters that the nation has ever faced. The earthquake that only lasted for a single minute is characterized by a series of shocks that shook the whole of Francisco. The earthquake caused the eruption of a series of fires that spread throughout the city. A total of five hundred blocks were destroyed. The most effect was felt in San Francisco because it was directly above the epicenter of the earthquake. The magnitude of the shock was however felt over a radius of eighty kilometers from the epicenter. Three thousand people tragically had their lives cut short by the earthquake. Further 400,000 people were left homeless. A lot of properties were destroyed and business owners and property owners suffered significant losses. The fires caused by the earthquake went on for three days. They destroyed the water points in the cities and sparked a lot of panic to the survivors. They had to camp in places where they could get clean water to drink.

Government Reaction

The house of Congress had to set an appropriation kit to cater for those people that were affected by the earthquake. The funds were to provide for food, medicine, water, blankets and medicine to the people that were displaced by the earthquake. The survivors were kept in city parks where they were provided for by the government. After the spread of the fires, the government gave a directive order to the military to destroy all the alcoholic spirits in liquor stalls so as to curb further spread of the fires. This resulted in the destruction of a lot of properties in salons and liquor stalls. After the earthquake, many people presented claims demanding payment from the government for the property that was destroyed by the military. The house of Congress had to look into the claims and give a comprehensive answer to the affected.

Effect of the Earthquake

The earthquake resulted in significant loss of lives and property. This slowed down the development of San Francisco and brought down its economy. The federal government, however, learned a lot about preparedness in the event of disasters. The house of Congress is no longer required first to sit down to pass for funds to be used in the case of disasters. The army and the military also learned ways to deal with such disasters.