100th Anniversary of San Francisco Quake

Today is the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Quake. I’ve felt a few earthquakes living in San Francisco (2 that I recall being aware of both around 3.x). I’ve also felt two whist travelling – the first a 3.6 (or so) quake in the Central Valley when I was on a family vacation at the age of 11. My mother thought it was my brother or I kicking the table whilst we were having breakfast. The second quake was the Seattle quake on February 28 2001 which was a 6.8 quake, an definately noticeable.

I’ve also just started reading “A Crack in the Edge of the World” by Simon Winchester which is pretty good so far – though I’m only a chapter or so in to it.

Today has also seen some pretty bad writing in at least one news article :
From Todays San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco celebrated and mourned an infamous anniversary early this morning, 100 years to the minute after the city shook and burned in the great earthquake and fire of 1906. In the pre-dawn hours, thousands packed downtown streets around Lotta’s Fountain, — There were eleven quake survivors, none under 100 years old.

Having just said that the quake occurred 100 years ago today isn’t it just a bit redundant to observe a paragraph later that all the survivors attending the memorial were also more than 100 years old ?

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This post was written by awk on April 18, 2006