On the morning of April 18, 1906, a massive earthquake devastated San Francisco, California leaving more than 3,000 people dead, destroying more than 28,000 buildings and some 250,000 of San Francisco’s residents were made homeless.
The quake ruptured the San Andreas Fault to the north and south of the city, for a total of 296 miles, and could be felt from southern Oregon to Los Angeles and inland to central Nevada.
With a 7.9 magnitude, the San Francisco earthquake is considered one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.
The quake was followed by a huge fire which continued for four days. The damages caused by both disaster were estimated at around $500 million (in 1906 dollars).
Despite the utter devastation, San Francisco quickly recovered from the earthquake, and the destruction allowed planners to rebuild the city with a more logical and elegant structure.
This historic fact makes us reflect on unpredictable threats from nature. Fortunately, today we can take advantage of new technologies such as SkyAlert’s IoT based Earthquake Early Warning Solution. This is an innovative solution that not only warns us before an earthquake but also turns that warning into action by shutting off gas supplies, turning on lights, activating PA systems, saving lives in the process.
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