As SF Marks 116th Anniversary of 1906 Earthquake, Actual Earthquake Hits Near Gilroy

Early Monday morning saw the return of the in-person Lotta’s Fountain earthquake anniversary ceremony, but just 33 minutes earlier, a small 2.6 magnitude quake struck south of Gilroy.

If your Hunky Jesus Sunday turned into a hangover Monday, you may not have realized that this morning marked the 116th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. And like us, a few San Franciscos gathered at the Lotta fountain at 5:12 in Edwardian Cosplay this morning of April 18th. However, in a funny twist (fun because nothing bad happened), the US Geological Service informs us There was a real earthquake about four miles southwest of Gilroy, which struck at 4:38 p.m

The Chronicle dealt with that birthday party today – and it was technically held last year, but was very small and unannounced. Former 49ers stadium announcer Bob Sarlatte returned to his traditional role as emcee, shouting in greeting, “Once again you lovely, mad people have come together at this ungodly hour to commemorate and honor the memories of those lovely San Franciscans who survived being thrown out of their beds this morning 116 years ago.”

How big was the 1906 San Francisco earthquake? It is estimated that it was a 7.9 million quake and that US Geological Service describes it as “one of the most significant earthquakes of all time”. The USGS notes that “the earthquake was felt from southern Oregon to southern Los Angeles and inland to central Nevada.” The computer simulation below gives you a sense of its size and heaviness, and yes, it took over sixty seconds.

A few observers also went from there The golden hydrantthe small fire hydrant that may be next to Dolores Park, which is because it was one of the few fire hydrants that worked after the quake is credited with saving the mission district in the three days of the ensuing fires that broke out across the city.

And that’s an important reminder. Earthquakes may seem like just a fun Twitter exercise to us these days, but deadly earthquakes still happen. Someday there will be one of us. The Hayward Fault is likely to explode someday soon, so check out Ready.Gov’s Basic disaster supplies kitand make a point of putting this go-bag together.

Related: San Francisco’s tradition of celebrating the deadliest day in the city’s history isn’t what it sounds like [SFist]

Image: @SFAC via twitter

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