The California Disaster's Disaster: One Of The Most American Disaster

analytical Essay
978 words
978 words

The legendary earthquake that struck Northern California cities on April 18, 1906 was recorded as one of the most American disasters in the U.S. history. It is considered as the most catastrophic natural disaster because of its massive consequences left the citizens of California as well as the shape of the U.S. into great damages or even a downturn in country’s peaceful state. The consequences of the quake were vividly depicted through many of the newspapers ‘coverage, especially through The New York Times article named, “The California Quake: 1906; The Earthquake So ‘Great’ a Later One Seems Puny”. In this article, the author described the event as “the great Americans disasters” that had ever happened in the history, and the coverage of …show more content…

The author also placed a new name for the earthquake as “The Capriciousness of Nature.” From the example above, the readers could conclude that the author has a great understanding about the event or at least, he had dug some research about the earth’s movement and linked it to the cause. Beyond finding the cause, the author also described the scenes of how California citizens mourning over their losses, the death of their loved ones as well as the lost hopes that could never be redeemed. Moreover, the statement of another reporter said that he only saw “hurt expressions and injured sensibilities” or the image of Sergeant Jesse Cook, the person in charge of the city’s police department described the earthquake as “the waves of ocean were coming toward me” are the two examples demonstrating that the author had carefully collected the information from liable sources or even hearing from the real people. By retelling the feelings vividly, the author gives us a sense that he did actually care and felt exhausted towards the …show more content…

The coverage of this article is more like a narrative, where he told the story from his perspective by collecting the details from the other newspapers’ sources. London starts the article by stating everything in San Francisco was all gone. From the beautiful houses, industrial section, to business buildings were all wiped out and what left was just cloudy dust and smoke. The author mentioned that the smoke was too much that it stayed in the sky for 3 days and night, surrendering the sun, darkening the day light and filling the air with burning smell. The details in this article were such a lifelike drawing that depicts everything from the beginning to

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the california earthquake was one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in the u.s. history.
  • Explains that the quake's magnitude was 6.9 on the richter scale of ground emotion, and that every increase of one number means a tenfold increase in magnitude.
  • Analyzes how the quake destroyed the city's water lines, turned many headquarter buildings into unstoppable fires, and left more than 250,000 people homeless. the ethos, logos and pathos appeals are spread throughout the article.
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