urban disaster


Fires after the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906

April 18, 2017 … 111th anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

Wikipedia:  The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.8 and a maximum Mercalli Intensity of XI (Extreme).

Severe shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days. As a result, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed.  The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States.  The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California’s history and high in the lists of American urban disasters.

End of the World by Shigeru Komatsuzaki (1968) imagining a post-global-warming coastal city

Even 50 years ago, artists were visualizing the future effects of global warming and rising sea levels. I think of this as retrofuturism, not because it shows the future of technology, but because it depicts a future created in part by our technological choices.


This is an old video. The Water BOB. This will help you store water during an emergency.

San Andreas fault 'locked, loaded and ready to roll' with big earthquake, expert says
Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.
By Los Angeles Times

Something to keep track of though it’s been “ready to go” for a while now.


So, I’m actually kind of surprised the Best Friends fandom hasn’t just exploded about this yet.

The Rock stars as a search and rescue man named Ray, who wears a grey t-shirt, as he saves people trapped in a city undergoing catastrophic natural disasters, including earthquakes that radically change the geography, a tsunami of mythic proportion and urban flooding.

This is basically Disaster: Day of Crisis: The Movie.