The Destruction of San Francisco
Formany centuries the Saint Helen volcano in the state of Washington, USA was dead. Suddenly on May 10, 1980 it erupted and brought death and destruction to a very large surrounding area. This event was and is connected to a trembling along the San Andreas fault, which runs for hundreds of miles along the ocean floor beneath the Pacific ocean northwest of San Francisco, California, down through that city, and continues to southern California east of Los Angeles and San Diego. At first, scientists made no connection between the St. Helen volcano and the San Andreas fault, but now after much study a few of them do. This trembling will not cease, and the earthquake activity in the San Francisco area will not cease until eventually there will occur a very large quake that will totally destroy that city. The inhabitants of that area should consider any recent or future earthquake of a magnitude of 4.0 or larger as signs that the large quake is soon to happen. There will be time for people to leave that area with their possessions if they heed this warning. Also, any major quake of 4.0 magnitude or larger along the entire San Andreas fault should be considered as a sign that major activity in the San Francisco area is due to happen. With the eruption of the St. Helen volcano and the destruction of San Francisco, the time of the beginning of the end of the entire west coast of the USA due to major earthquakes is very near.
Recent Earthquake activity in the San Francisco area.
May 2, 1983
April 24, 1984
- 6.2 earthquake centered at Morgan Hill was felt in San Francisco. Severe damage was done there. Loss estimated at $10 million.
October 17, 1989
- A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the San Francisco Bay Area just before the third game of the World Series at Candlestick Park; the worst earthquake since 1906. The tremor collapsed a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Six of the deaths occurred when the exterior of a brick building collapsed at 6th and Bluxome streets in the South of Market District. Damage was estimated at almost three billion dollars in San Francisco, which was approximately one-half of the total damage figure for the entire earthquake zone.
The earthquake knocked out power to San Francisco, and the city was dark for the first time since the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. Power was fully restored by October 20. Emergency telephone service became sporadic because a fire broke out in the 911 telephone equipment room, and citizens had to rely on fire alarm boxes for three days for emergency protection from fire. The quake killed 62 people throughout Central California, injured 3757 and left more than 12,000 homeless.
At least 27 fires broke out across the City, including a major blaze in the Marina District where apartment buildings sank into a lagoon filled with bay mud in preparation for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. Dozens of people were rescued by firefighters from fallen buildings in the area that were imperiled by the flames. As they had done in 1906, citizens formed a bucket brigade to help firefighters who were without water because of broken mains. A magnitude 5.2 aftershock struck 37 minutes after the initial shock.
Interstate 280 rocked so viciously during the earthquake that sections of the freeway slammed into one another, cracking off pieces. Some columns actually fractured, exposing the reinforcing steel in places where the concrete disintegrated. The Embarcadero Freeway along the Waterfront was nearly destroyed by the shaking, though Caltrans said it could be repaired.
Sporadic but minor looting broke out in the downtown Shopping District near Fifth and Market streets, the Inner Mission and Hunters Point areas.
The earthquake triggered a four-foot tsunami wave in Monterey Bay as well as a huge undersea landslide. The sea level at Santa Cruz dropped three feet as water rushed out of the harbor. The tsunami wave took 20 minutes to travel from Santa Cruz to Monterey.
Lombard St., the "crookedest street in the world," was closed because a cable car was left stranded at Hyde and Lombard by the earthquake power failure.
The epicenter of the earthquake was near Mt. Loma Prieta in Santa Cruz County. Fissures hundreds of yards long, and wide as 20 inches, were found along the San Andreas Fault in the northeast corner of Nisene Marks State Park, near the head of Aptos Creek.