At almost precisely 5:12 a.m., local time, a foreshock occurred with sufficient force to be felt widely throughout the San Francisco Bay area. The great earthquake broke loose some 20 to 25 seconds later, with an epicenter near San Francisco.Violent shocks punctuated the strong shaking which lasted some 45 to 60 seconds. The earthquake was felt from southern Oregon to south of Los Angeles and inland as far as central Nevada. [photo: City Hall after the quake; source: USGS]
Yes, 100 years ago today, the city in which I live was devastated by the Great Quake of 1906. Centennial celebrations have already started, and at 5:12AM our very own Mayor McHottie will be marking the occasion by holding a vigil. It will be attended by San Franciscans who don't like sleep.
Actually, none of us will be sleeping at that time since the Mayor has decreed that all fire stations should sound their sirens and churches should ring their bells at that hour. I set this post to go live at 5:12AM to mark the occasion, but I'm writing it the night before, and now I'm going to bed.
Looks like it's going to be a long day... Oh, I can't be a total party pooper: here's to the next 100 years.