Friday, March 2, 2007
San Francisco seems to be on trial for tragedy left and right these days. Recent landslides in North beach have displaced over 120 residents and caused four buildings to crumble, entirely destroyed. And now, a heart breaking calamity in our own U.S.F. community, the death of Paula Gmelch is a fresh wound. However, as a hectic day winds down to a somber evening, San Francisco is once again, quite literally, shaken up.
At approximately 8:40 this evening the bay area experienced a tremor, the epicenter was located a mile northeast of Lafayette. It was measured to be a 4.2 quake and the majority of descriptions made it out to be two halting jolts. A minute amount of damage was rendered on the bay area community but it was enough to remind us of past earthquakes and those predicted for the future.
In the past week there have been around 200 small earthquakes in the California Nevada area, which scientists have begun to speculate, COULD signify a larger quake to come. San Francisco is one of those rare cities perched directly atop a massive fault line that has a massive eruption every 100 years.
We have already surpassed that anniversary and can expect a quake measuring anywhere from a 7.5-10.5 in the near future. Can you picture a 10.5 earthquake? To put it into perspective, the devastating quake in 1906 (which destroyed the city) was placed to be around 7.7 based on seismic waves. An earthquake of 10.5 magnitude could potentially decimate our city and its surrounding area. Another addition to the collection of catastrophes we have unwillingly born witness to.
Posted by eerickson at 12:15 AM