1906 Earthquake -Surface Evidence

An intriguing question was posed to me today by a visitor who was EXTREMELY surprised to learn that Fort Bragg along with every other town along the Mendocino Coast was severely damaged in the 1906 earthquake. The question was, “Was there any evidence of the earthquake that a person could see absent the damage to structures?”

I told the man about the Earthquake Trail at Point Reyes National Park – he hadn’t heard of it. I also told him that I had one, maybe two pics of the fault rupture on the surface. I told him I would post the pics here if I had them. Well. I do have them and here they are:

A split on the north end of East Street from the earthquake. East St. is now the Embarcadero. San Francisco, California: 1906.

A split on the north end of East Street from the earthquake. East St. is now the Embarcadero. San Francisco, California: 1906.

1906 earthquake rupture at ground level

1906 earthquake rupture at ground level

Also in my file were two clips about the 1906 earthquake that were contained in out of state newspapers:

Cincinnati Post April 19th 1906

Cincinnati Post April 19th 1906

Portland Evening Telegram of April 19th 1906

Portland Evening Telegram of April 19th 1906

The headlines pretty well tell the story.