Wednesday, August 17, 2011

1906 San Francisco earthquake - film

I love these old films. They show slices of history in an engaging form.

Excerpt from Library of Congress website:
This film shows the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906, and the devastation resulting from the subsequent three-day fire. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 5:12am and was centered along the San Andreas Fault, which slices through coastal California. Most of the cities of central California were badly damaged. San Francisco, with thousands of unreinforced brick buildings - and thousands more closely-spaced wooden Victorian dwellings - was poorly prepared for a major fire.

This film is hosted by the Library of Congress. To view go here Your best bet is to click on the mpeg file.  If that link doesn't work try going to scroll down to number 17. Sorry about the broken links. I can't image what the Library of Congress is doing.



  1. It seems that the link is kaput for those outside the US.
    I seem to remember reading that the tram company in SF was established by W.M Murphy after that quake. This fellow was disliked by the international labour movement.

  2. Vince: Try again. I tried to fix the link.

  3. Last night, I woke up around 2:45 in the morning to discover that the power was out. John told me that the power had been out for around 2 hours when I woke him up. I then proceeded to wake him up every 15 minutes or so to check his phone to see if an earthquake or terrorist attack had happened which knocked out the power to everyone and checked Facebook because that is a more reliable source than CNN or ABC News to see if the power was out in just our neighborhood or if the entire world was going down.
    Just our neighborhood, but see where my mind sometimes takes things?
    Funnier still, my verification word is comet. Possible, and may star in my next worry. :-)

  4. Hmm, that link isn't working again. Or maybe it's just me. Or maybe Jen's earthquake/terrorist attack has occurred somewhere between Vancouver and Texas. Or Washington... or where ever it's coming from.

    Or maybe it's just me.

  5. I love old historic film too. Especially WWII and baseball.

    - Jay

  6. There's something about seeing it in black and white that just makes it sink in further.