Right Thinking From The Left Coast
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Shakin’ the Bay
by Lee

It was 100 years ago today that the Good Lord decided to smite San Francisco.

Sirens wailed through the city before dawn Tuesday to mark the moment 100 years earlier when the Great Quake struck, shattering the city and touching off fires that burned for days.

Eleven centenarians who survived the devastation were joined by thousands of spectators for a memorial ceremony to remember one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. …

Most of the city’s 400,000 residents were still in bed when the magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906.

The foreshock sent people scrambling, and the main shock arrived with such fury that it flattened crowded rooming houses. The epicenter was a few miles offshore of the city, but it was felt as far away as Oregon and Nevada. In 28 seconds, it brought down the City Hall it had taken 27 years to build.

From cracked chimneys, broken gas lines and toppled chemical tanks, fires broke out and swept across the city, burning for days. Ruptured water pipes left firefighters helpless, while families carrying what they could fled the advancing flames to parks that had become makeshift morgues.

Historians say city officials, eager to bring people and commerce back to the city, radically underestimated the death toll. Researchers are still trying to settle on a number, but reliable estimates put the loss above 3,000, and possibly as high as 6,000.

I dunno.  It seems to me that San Francisco could do with another really good smiting.

Posted by Lee on 04/18/06 at 07:56 AM (Discuss this in the forums)

Comments


Posted by on 04/18/06 at 09:03 AM from United States

How about Locusts instead of tremors, though?

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 09:27 AM from United States

Oh please! Oh please! Oh please! Oh please!

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 09:39 AM from United States

Umm, Happy Anniversary, SF?

Posted by dakrat on 04/18/06 at 09:39 AM from United States

locusts are too overused.  How about a plague of frogs or boils?

Posted by Drumwaster on 04/18/06 at 09:49 AM from United States

If God leaves San Francisco standing, he owes an apology to Sodom and Gommorah.—Jay Leno (slightly paraphrased)

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 10:21 AM from United States

Something that would leave the buildings intact will do.

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 10:49 AM from United States

It seems to me that San Francisco could do with another really good smiting.

So Lee can say this but he makes fun of Pat Robertson for saying his stuff? Not that Im defending Robertson

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 11:07 AM from United States

They won’t let an Aircraft carrier into the harbor but they will celebrate a fucking earthquake?

Come on San Andreas!

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 11:41 AM from United States

It seems to me that San Francisco could do with another really good smiting.

In other words, a mass production of Shake and Bake moonbat chops.

Just be sure that you cook them thoroughly....

:P

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 11:53 AM from United States

Whatever happens I’m sure the destruction will be just absolutely fabulous

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 11:54 AM from United States

With no military presence in Cisco I think North Korea will smite them before God does

Posted by on 04/18/06 at 12:03 PM from United States

I find it amusing that experts are predicting a massive disaster and committies are promising that the Feds won’t be able to help in time, and no one is taking any action or readying themselves. Does it occur to no one to get their ass off that timebomb and move to, say, a landmass that won’t fall into the ocean anytime soon?

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