The Great San Francisco Earthquake

The Great San Francisco Earthquake

DVD - 2006
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In the early 1900s, San Francisco stood as a proud and flourishing symbol of America's recent conquest of the once-wild West. But on April 19, 1906, the city would experience an awesome reminder of the uncontrollable forces lying dormant just beneath the splendors of its cosmopolitan surface. Thirty times more powerful than the temblor that decimated northern California in 1989, this earthquake measured a ground-wrenching 8.3 on the Richter scale, resulting in the worst catastrophe suffered by a North American city in the twentieth century. Captured in rare, newly restored movie footage from the period and the personal accounts of eyewitnesses, The great San Francisco earthquake is a breathtaking record of nature's unimaginable might and the survivors' equally impressive determination to rebuild their city and their lives.
Publisher: [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9781593754716
Branch Call Number: 979.46 G78w
551.22 G7863w
DVD 551.22 GRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 56 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in


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Professionally presented through the "American Experience" Series - The Great San Francisco Quake is unanimously considered by all to be the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

Taking place in 1906 (on Wed., April 15 @ 5:12 am), this devastating quake (which certainly caught everyone off guard) literally toppled thousands of buildings (leaving a contortion of stone everywhere) and left half the city's 400,000 citizens homeless.

Through stills, and vintage "before & after" footage, along with interviews with quake survivors (recalling the event as children) - This historical documentary (with its 56-minute running time) takes a look at San Francisco then (as well as beyond the effects of this natural catastrophe) as it proudly boasts of man's triumph over the forces of nature.

(*Be sure to watch video*)

May 30, 2015

This is a documentary originally broadcast in 2005 as a segment of the television program: "American Experience."
It is an amazing record of the M8.3 earthquake with restored movie footage and the personal accounts of eyewitnesses.

Aug 19, 2011

I generally love the American Experience documentaries, but I found this one disappointing. Its not as engaging as others in the series and a little hard to follow at times.

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