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The California Earthquake of 1906

Nature volume 78, page 27 (14 May 1908) | Download Citation



THIS is a collection of nine well-written essays, which, as might be expected, more or less overlap in their subject-matter. The first of these, by the editor, deals almost entirely with the Great Fault or Rift, the sudden yielding along which caused the earthquake. The strongest motion was felt where the fault enters the sea, near to-which hotels and houses were thrown into the water. A fact that there was some disturbance in the sea suggests that a portion of the origin was beneath the same. At one place a train was overturned. We read that persons in an undisturbed district looking towards one that was shaken may have seen rows of trees and rows of bushes filing past them. The earthquake, we learn, was not connected with eruptions in the Aleutian Islands. The author gives us lists of Californian earthquakes, the more destructive of which apparently have had a period of thirty to forty years. He is inclined to ridicule electrical theories as a cause of earthquakes, and in referring to the destruction which took place in town and country, he quotes from the book of Isaiah, which declares that “men shall be plagued by their own inventions.”

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