Natural Disasters

Pompeii and the Roman Villa (2008)

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This film explores art and culture around the Bay of Naples before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. The bay was then a favorite resort for vacationing Romans. Julius Caesar, emperors, and senators were among those who owned sumptuous villas along its shores.

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High
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Pompeii and the Roman Villa

Comprehending the Calamity

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Short personal narrative by Emma Burke about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

This splendid eywitness account was written by Emma M. Burke, wife of San Francisco attorney Bart Burke, who lived on Waller Street, near Golden Gate Park, at the time of the earthquake. This article appeared in the June 2, 1906, edition of “Overlook Magazine.”

From the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco

1906 San Francisco Earthquake Film Collection (2006)

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This collection consists of twenty-six films of San Francisco from before and after the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1897-1916. Seventeen of the films depict San Francisco and its environs before the 1906 disaster. Seven films describe the great earthquake and fire.

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Middle
1906 San Francisco Earthquake Film Collection

Earthquakes

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General information about earthquakes and how they happen.

Earthquake Collection

Books about earthquakes with a majority of them focusing on the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.

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The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel (Unabridged)

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Before Wicked was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next.

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HL810L
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10:00
The Kill Order: Maze Runner Prequel (Unabridged)

1906 San Francisco Earthquake

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A huge earthquake rocked the West Coast on April 18, 1906. Worst hit was the city of San Francisco, where buildings collapsed and fires raged for days. Thousands of people died, and many more were left homeless. The disaster was just one of a long series of earthquakes triggered by the San Andreas Fault. It taught scientists valuable lessons about preparing for earthquakes.

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The San Francisco Earthquake

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The San Francisco Earthquake is a thorough examination of the April 18, 1906, earthquake that is considered one of the first environmental disasters of the modern age. Striking California's Bay Area, the quake and its resulting fires destroyed a rapidly growing, prosperous city and left more than 500 people dead, thousands homeless, and $500 million worth of property damage.

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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906

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In 1906, San Francisco endured one of the most devastating earthquakes to strike the United States. Within a matter of seconds, the city was thrown into chaos as the earth split open and buildings toppled over. As the dust settled, people quickly realized that the nightmare was not over. Massive fires had developed throughout San Francisco. The Army, police, and firefighters used creative strategies to put out the raging fires that were ravaging the city. The heroics of these people were all that kept San Francisco from burning to the ground.

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1010L

Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

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Buildings were weaving in and out. The street pitched like a stormy sea. Bricks were raining down all around him. The ground shook with such violence that Jacob thought the world had come to an end.

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770L
Quake! Disaster in San Francisco, 1906

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