1906 Earthquake

The 1906 earthquake wreaked havoc along the Mendocino Coast as the pictures below attest. Click on any of the photos to see a larger version. Club member Louis Hough wrote this article about the effects of the earthquake in the Mendocino Beacon. (Use the scroll bars to read it all).

Big River Bridge in Mendocino before the quake
Big River Bridge in Mendocino after the quake
Fort Bragg Main Street
Big River Bridge in Mendocino
before the quake
Big River Bridge in Mendocino
after the quake
Fort Bragg Main Street
Fort Bragg razed by fire
Shafsky's on Main Street after the quake
Shafsky's today
Fort Bragg razed by fire
Shafsky’s on Main Street after the quake
Shafsky’s today
Main Street Fort Bragg after the quake
Jughandle Creek Trestle before the quake
Jughandle Creek Trestle after the quake
Main Street Fort Bragg after the quake
Jughandle Creek Trestle which belonged to
Caspar Lumber Company before the quake
Jughandle Creek Trestle after the quake.
It was rebuilt in six months.

 

The energy of a strike slip fault in motion can be focused in either direction along the fault line depending where the ripping motion starts and to which direction it tears the crust. In the case of the 1906 quake the movement started just south of San Francisco and ripped northward. That meant the most violent energy hit places like Santa Rosa and Fort Bragg. Because those towns were small in 1906, San Francisco received the greatest attention.

As you can see from the pictures above and reading Louis Hough's article the effect of the 1906 earthquake was devastating up and down the Mendocino Coast. There are two YouTube videos that document the destruction of Santa Rosa and we are of the opinion that the devastation in Fort Bragg and the other communities along the Redwood Coast was just as bad.

Click these links to watch the videos 1906 Santa Rosa Earthquake pt 1 and 1906 Santa Rosa Earthquake pt 2.