At 5:12 a.m. this morning, sirens echoed throughout the streets of San Francisco to mark the anniversary of the deadliest disaster in California history. A 7.9-magnitude earthquake, dubbed the 1906 Great San Francisco Earthquake, crumpled infrastructures and caused massive fires in the Bay Area.
Shaking could be felt from the North Coast in Eureka to the Salinas Valley and to the south of San Francisco. The main shock lasted approximately 42 seconds, with a preceding strong foreshock shaking about 20-25 seconds.
Nearly 3,000 deaths at minimum were estimated as a result of the earthquake, though that total is still unconfirmed today. The earthquake itself was crippling, but subsequent fires accounted for more than 90 percent of the damage.
The majority of those deaths occurred in San Francisco, although neighboring cities such as Santa Rosa and San Jose … continue reading »
Hundreds of children from Washington Elementary along with emergency preparedness leaders from around California, including Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, gathered at San Jose’s The Tech Museum of Innovation to participate in The Great California ShakeOut—the largest earthquake drill in the world. Together, they practiced “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:17 a.m.
The drill was just one of the hundreds of drills happening simultaneously around the world. In fact, more than 24 million people, including more than 9 million Californians, registered to duck under their desks, cover their heads and hold on to … continue reading »
It’s no laughing matter, a great percentage of children are still not sure what steps to follow if an earthquake struck right now. Have you sat down with your children to go over your disaster plan? Have you practiced “Drop, Cover and Hold On?”
The Great California ShakeOut 2013 is just a few days away! This Thursday, October 17 at 10:17am, more than nine million Californians will practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On” along with other aspects of their emergency plans at their schools, businesses, hospitals, churches and more. This drill has inspired a global earthquake preparedness movement with more than 21 million participants expected worldwide in 2013.
This year, The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is going to host one of … continue reading »