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San Francisco Earthquake [electronic resource]

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
It was a geological cataclysm that revealed the courage, corruption, and evolution of a city. This program shows how the Great Quake of 1906 leveled San Francisco while giving birth to new knowledge that has impacted earthquake science and urban planning in every corner of the globe. Extraordinary digital animation and dramatic reenactments of personal stories give viewers an enriched perspective of the event, interwoven with present-day scientific research and an unsettling, overarching question. Will the modern towers of San Francisco, despite technological advances over the last century, remain standing when the next Big One occurs?
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Run Time
90 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 01, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Tale of a Disaster: Overview (2:18)
  • San Francisco: Today and Yesterday (4:15)
  • Mayor Schmitz: Political Boss (1:53)
  • San Francisco Fire Chief (1:46)
  • Glamour and Glitz of San Francisco (3:59)
  • Earthquake: First Eruption (2:27)
  • Quake Damage (5:34)
  • Earthquake Aftermath (3:58)
  • Seismic Energy Liquefies Soil (3:16)
  • Brave Journalist (4:10)
  • Fire Gathers Strength (3:44)
  • Earthquake Resistant Building Structure (3:20)
  • Mayor's Order: Shoot to Kill (3:34)
  • Fire Department Chief Incapacitated (2:37)
  • Man-Made Tragedy (4:12)
  • Chinatown in Flames (2:57)
  • Army and Militia: Bullies and Murderers (2:15)
  • Might Is Right (3:12)
  • San Francisco Relief Efforts (3:48)
  • Demolition Spreads Fire (3:31)
  • Fire Continues to Burn (3:42)
  • Army Efforts Spread Fire (3:37)
  • Army General Destroys More of the City (2:41)
  • Threats to Evacuation Efforts (3:57)
  • Great Fire of 1906 Finally Over (2:21)
  • Legacy of Fire Chief Dennis Sullivan (2:45)
  • San Francisco Earthquake: Epilogue (3:16)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c2005.
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40816 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (90 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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