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Not Just Hurricanes

The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 “ignited a fire that lasted three days, destroying 500 city blocks and 28,000 buildings. Half of the population of around 400,000 was made homeless. Many were forced to flee the city.”

A law is currently making its way through the state assembly that would increase the standards required by the building code, but as code currently stands, San Fransisco only requires buildings “be engineered to have a 90 percent chance of total collapse.”

San Francisco already lacks affordable housing, and if a catastrophic event happened, history shows that marginalized and low income communities would be most affected and slowest to recover.

As New Yorkers, we often focus on flooding and hurricanes when discussing Disaster Recovery. Many regions have other considerations: earthquakes, tornadoes, mudslides, and other disasters can be just as devastating.

San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake

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