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With feelings of uncertainty on the decline, San Franciscans commemorate 1906 earthquake

Quake worries on the decline [pdf] NPR: 100 Years After the San Francisco Quake [Real Player] SFGate: The Great Quake: 1906-2006 [Real Player, pdf] 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance 100th Anniversary 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Conference [Real Player, pdf] Residents of San Francisco, it is safe to say, are accustomed to change and upheaval, whether it is in terms of the American cultural revolution of the 1960s or the ground physically moving underneath their feet. Keeping this in mind, it is no surprise that the city commemorated the traumatic events of April 18, 1906 in a variety of ways this past Tuesday. For many, the keynote event was a gathering of dignitaries and elderly survivors of that mighty quake that took place in the early morning hours this past Tuesday at the city’s historic Lotta’s Fountain. Here, wreaths were laid down to honor the dead, and Mayor Gavin Newsom delivered a short address, and remarked that “We rebuilt, and we are stronger and better than ever.”. The optimistic mood at this event seemed to mirror a broader sentiment that was conveyed in the results of a recent poll taken throughout the Golden State. Essentially, the Field Poll noted that most Californians don’t think earthquakes pose any greater danger than other natural disasters and three in four think they could probably survive an even larger tremor, if one were to occur. The first link will take users to a news article from The Seattle Times that reports on the various celebrations and commemorations that took place this week in San Francisco. The second link leads to a rather compelling story from the San Jose Mercury News about the results of a recent poll that asked Californians about the likelihood of another major quake in the region. The third link leads to a host of National Public Radio stories that address various issues surrounding the earthquake, including artists seeking to commemorate the earthquake in a variety of ways. The fourth link leads to a rather impressive collection of multimedia presentations on the history of the quake from the San Francisco Chronicle that includes a collection of historic postcards and oral histories from those who survived the events of that day. The fifth link leads to the homepage of the 1906 Earthquake Centennial Alliance, which serves as a clearinghouse of information on various ongoing activities designed to reflect on the legacy of this event. The final link leads to the homepage of a conference designed to provide contemporary information on the ramifications of a large-scale earthquake around the Bay Area, and how various groups might prepare for such an event.
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San Francisco pays tribute to triumph over 1906 quake
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April 21st, 2006
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April 21st, 2006 at 8:20am
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April 25th, 2006 at 12:33pm
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