1868 Damage Photographs
Oakland and East Bay Damage
Damage in Surrounding
on Quake Damage
Urges Building Height Limit
Fire Chief Urges Care
Bd. of Supervisors Special
Earthquakes and Real Estate
Chamber of Commerce Telegram
to the East
How to Act During an Earthquake
By Western Union
THE EARTHQUAKE IN THE INTERIOR
Santa Cruz County.
SANTA CRUZ, October 21.Had a severe shock of earthquake here, at
five minutes before eight this morning. The oscillations appeared to be
from East to West. It was preceded by a loud, rumbling noise. The shock
continued about fifteen seconds. Several brick buildings were badly
cracked. There have been several smaller shock since.
THE EARTHQUAKE AS SEEN IN THE SANTA CRUZ
A gentlemen who was in the mountains near Pescadero yesterday morning,
during the earthquake shock, describes the scene as fearfully grand. Huge
redwood trees swayed like fishing-rods, and immense dead limbs
detached by the violence of the motion, fell to the earth. Large pieces of
rock were wrestled from the mass of the mountain, and in some instances
rendered the road impassable. The waters of Pescadero Creek became
muddy in a moment, and the surface was covered with large bubbles.
These, when a match was applied to them, burst with a slight report and a
small flame, showing that they were filled with an inflammable gas, that
must have come from the bowels of the earth.
SAN JUAN [Bautista] NORTH, October 21.Earthquake at 7:55 A.M. The
shock was of at least thirty seconds duration, and the heaviest since that of
Santa Clara County.
SAN JOSE, October 21.At four minutes to eight oclock this morning,
the heaviest earthquake we have ever experienced took place, causing great
consternation , a total suspension of business for hours, and doing great
damage to many buildings. The Court House shows no sign of injury. The
Presbyterian Church was damaged to the extent of perhaps a thousand
dollars. Moodys Mill was badly injured. A great many chimneys were
town down, and the ceilings ruined. No injury to the Convent or other
Public Schools. The Baptist Church, Masonic Hall, Lyons store, and many
other buildings are badly twisted up. A second light shock was felt at about
half-past ten oclock, doing no damage, but causing an immense
SANTA CLARA, October 21.At four minutes before eight this morning,
severe shock of an earthquake. Motion, from the northeast to southwest.
No lives lost. Some damage to the brick buildings, but nothing serious; all
will easily be repaired. Plenty of chimneys shaken down. This is by far the
heaviest shock ever experienced here.
GILROY, October 21.A severe shock of earthquake occurred here at
7:45 A.M., tumbling chimneys and sending everybody into the streets. No
material damage done.
SAN RAFAEL, October 21.A terrible shock of earthquake occurred here
this morning, at five minutes to eight oclock. It was more severe and
continued longer, than the shock of October, 1865. The vibrations seemed
to be from the southeast to the northwest, and lasted fully one minute.
Great consternation prevailed among the inhabitants of this place. A
portion of the chimney of the Court House was thrown down. We have felt
eight distinct shocks to-day.
PETALUMA, October 21.At precisely eight oclock this morning, a
tremendous shock of earthquake occurred here, of about ten seconds in
duration. The vibrations were apparently from north to south. The damage
was considerable. A great many chimneys in different parts of the city
were broken off at the roof, and many entirely destroyed. One large stone
residence had the entire front thrown down. There were three families in
this building, but providentially no one was injured. The southeast corner
of the American Hotel, a large brick building, was cracked so that it will
have to be taken down. All of the brick buildings in the city were more or
less cracked and injured. All the glassware in the grocery and drug stores
was more or less broken and injured. Maynards drug store was injured in
this way more than $300. Nothing to be compared with it has ever before
occurred in this place.
MARYSVILLE, October 21.The shock here was very light, being noticed
only by a few.
HEALDSBURG, October 21.One of the severest shocks of earthquake
ever felt in this place occurred here this morning at about eight oclock,
lasting about ten seconds.
SANTA ROSA, October 21.The severest shock of earthquake ever felt in
this place occurred here about eight oclock this morning, continuing about
ten seconds. Nearly all the brick buildings in town are more or less
injured. Many chimneys were town downthe Court House
sustaining the most damage of any building.
SONOMA, October 21,.Two more light shocks of earthquake have been
felt here, one at about ten and one at half-past eleven A.M.
GRASS VALLEY, October 21.Quite a severe shock of earthquake was
felt here this morning about eight oclock, causing lamps to vibrate and
occupants of second stories to vacate briskly. About five minutes later,
there was another very slight shock.
SONORA, October 21.A slight earthquake shock was felt here at four
minutes past eight this morning.
San Mateo County.
REDWOOD [City], October 21.The American Hotel is very much
shaken. The Court House is standing, but unsafe. The Public School is
damaged so much that the school is dismissed. Many chimneys are shaken
down. A fire-wall on Merrills Block was shaken down. No one was
killed or injured. The chimneys on Thos. Selbys home, about two miles
below, were thrown down, and some slight damage of this sort done to homes
in that vicinity.
SAN MATEO, October 21.There was an earthquake shock at eight A.M.
to-day, the severest one lasting fifteen seconds. The barometer was
29 92-100 inches, and the thermometer 48. The vibration was from the
north. The damage to property is not less than $5,000.
VALLEJO, October 21.The earthquake was quite severely felt at Vallejo,
many chimneys toppling down, but no serious injury occurring.
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MARE ISLAND, October 21.Mare Island Navy Yard experienced two
severe shocks of earthquake this morning. Several chimneys were town
down, and some of the buildings considerably shaken, but no serious
damage was done, and no persons injured. Captain Mitchel, of the Navy
informs the Bulletin that the ground shook so violently as almost to
throw him off his feet, the shock being accompanied by a frightful
rumbling sound. Several people took to the water, considering the stream
much more safe than terra firmawhich was terra
firma no longer.
Daily Morning Call
Thursday, October 22, 1868