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Neteru
17-10-04, 01:14
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1989: Earthquake hits San Francisco

A powerful earthquake has rocked San Francisco killing nine people and injuring hundreds.

The number of dead is expected to rise significantly. The two tier Bay Bridge and Nimintz freeway both partially collapsed and rescuers are waiting to recover bodies from cars crushed by the quake.

The epicentre of the quake, which measured 6.9 on the Richter scale, is thought to have been Loma Prieta, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz on the San Andreas fault.

A massive rescue effort is now underway in what experts believe is the second biggest earthquake ever to hit the United States.

Officials have reported "unbelievable damage to infrastructure" with collapsed bridges and freeways, fires, shattered buildings, gaping cracks in roads and land slides.

Tremors from the quake, which lasted 15 seconds, were reported 400 miles away in Los Angeles and 200 miles away in Reno, Nevada.

The quake struck at 1704 local time (18 October, 0004 GMT), as people were making their way home after work. Traffic was brought to a standstill and many homes left without power.

Full old story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/17/newsid_2491000/2491211.stm)

crazyguy100
17-10-04, 02:21
...and here in Chile these type of things happen everyday.

Well, not everyday, each 11 or 12 years. But little earthquakes occur everyday. This is because our country is ubicated over the Pacific Rim of Fire.

Pic (http://www.windows.ucar.edu/earth/images/RIM_of_FIRE.gif)

Nicky
17-10-04, 08:45
Originally posted by Neteru:
Tremors from the quake, which lasted 15 seconds, were reported 400 miles away in Los Angeles and 200 miles away in Reno, Nevada.15 seconds, oh goodness! Earthquakes are a usual situation here too, but although we are somehow used to them, they're still a bit of a shock when they happen - especially if they surprise you in your sleep, in the middle of the night http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif