Skip to main content

The Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake

Video Transcript
Right-click and save to download

Detailed Description

The Gold Rush and the 1906 Earthquake: How they combined to create the breakthrough discovery of modern seismic science

  • Accidents of Gold Rush merchant marine navigation transformed a seismic disaster into a seminal discovery and led to San Francisco's extreme liquefaction vulnerability today.
  • Just about everything that we love about the Bay area is brought to us by the faults. We enjoy their daily fruits and so must live with their occasional spoils.
  • No one knows when the next damaging quake will strike; we must frame the ‘payback period’ for seismic expenditures in terms of chance.

Details

Length:
01:09:30

Sources/Usage

Public Domain.