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Monday, April 17, 2006

The Great Quake of 1906 / Le Grand Tremblement de Terre de San Francisco 1906

Photgraphy:Property of the Chronicle

For those of you who are interested, San Francisco Chronicle has put together an interesting website about the historical 1906 earthquake and fire that brought down much of San Francisco a hundred years ago, today. There are many articles, photographs and multi-medial clips (videos and podcasts) worth checking out. High speed connection is required to see some of the multi-media stuff, though. Also, be aware that the website will be up only until April 25, 2006. Go for it!

Pour ceux d'entre vous que cela interesse, le San Francisco Chronicle a mis en place un site web interessant sur le tremblement de terre historique et le feu qui ont detruit San Francisco en 1906, il y a 100 ans aujourd'hui. Il y a beaucoup d'articles, de photos et de clips multimedia qui valent le coup d'oeil (videos, podcasts). Certains fichiers multi-media demandent une ligne a haut debit. Attention, le site ne sera en place que jusqu'au 25 Avril, 2006. Profitez-en!

Additional Resources:

San Francisco: How to Prepare

California Earthquake Programs - Links

Additional Links from the San Francisco Chronicle's Archives


Blogger Michael said...

Thank you Tomate FarciE (avec un E) for the comment on the ParisDailyPhoto blog. I appreciated your words and kindness.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Hey, I just discovered on Saturday that the Popular Culture Conference will be in San Francisco in 2008. I am already getting quite excited about that! Unfortunately, it's always from the Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter, and Easter is fairly early in 2008, so it may not be terribly warm yet by then. But that sounds fun anyway. Hope I can get a paper accepted for that year!

8:08 AM  
Anonymous paradise said...

i watched the history channel special on that. extraordinary. the mum was thinking about moving out to san fran after retirement b/c of the good weather and the great city but every year she decides against it b/c of her fear of earthquakes.

9:15 AM  
Blogger brigetoun said...

je ne réalisais pas que ça avait eu cette ampleur. Et vive les américains, les femmes presque en toilette faisant la queue, le bureau improvisé ...

12:12 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Brigetoun: Si, si, ça a vraiment fait du degat! En 1989 on a remis ça mais c'etait juste un petit avertissement, pas Le Grand qu'on attend tous. Y'a plein de photos sur ce site, si vous voulez voir ou faites une recherche avec les mots "loma prieta 89":


Yes, it really was something! In 1989 we had another one, but it was just a "little one," not the "Big One" everybody's been waiting for. Some pictures on this site, if you want, or do a search for "loma prieta 89":


Elisabeth: never mind the weather, just come on over! We'll get the cable cars all shiny for you ;-)

Paradise: I think your mom is right to be worried. I don't know why we're not more worried. The question is, are we prepared?!!

Michael: You're quite welcome. The virtual shoulder is there, if you need.

12:43 PM  
Blogger DoctorDentons said...

The '89 Quake took my apartment at Filmore and Bay, that's why I'm in NYC...That one was enough for me, I learn quick.

4:09 AM  
Anonymous sandrine said...

J'ecoutais RFI ce matin et ils disaient qu'il y a 70% de risque que le Big One arrive dans les 20 prochaines années. Ca ne te fait pas peur? :-( Enfin, c'est vrai qu'il y a des risques partout (cyclones, inondations....)

6:06 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Sandrine: Yes, I'm scared. I work in a high rise built on reclaimed land and I take the underground public transportation every day. Absolutely, I'm scared. I used to think it was funny when the ground shook, but 1989 set me straight. On the other hand, had I lived in NYC, I could have also been working at the World Trade Center. When I left Paris, bombs were exploding in the subways and department stores frequently. And then again, the probability of getting hurt in a car accident or getting hit by a bus is even greater than all the rest combined. What can we do?!!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Me I was always wondering what would happen to my dishes...especially my Catalina pottery collection! My nerves would be shaking more than the house.

2:01 PM  
Blogger diopter said...

Ya know it's funny: when I heard about this anniversary, I immediately thought of you, Tomate! Anyway, the special website that SFGate did is great, and the photography of the reconstruction is particularly fascinating. Thanks for the link!

7:01 PM  
Blogger diopter said...

Wait! I take that back. The "then & now" photo section is the most fascinating. Can't believe how much the city has changed!

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Catalina basher said...

That's what we need to get rid of all this Catalina: a good earthquake! (Mind you in Paris it's pretty unlikely...)

6:09 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Dear Catalina Basher,

You know very well that the only earthquake that could shake that fab collection is you walking on the parquet. Now be nice!

2:36 AM  

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