Echoes From The Past

by

John Peck
“History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are.”
– David C. McCullough

A quick note of introduction – I am a morning show producer here at NBC11; one of the many people behind the scenes who work to bring you the news you need to know as you start your day.

We’re gearing up for next week’s 100th anniversary of the Great Quake. At 5:12am on April 18th, 1906 the Bay Area was forever transformed. As we look back at this profound moment in history, we have an opportunity and responsibility to look at the lessons learned and whether we’re prepared for the next Great Quake.

It’s hard to grasp the immense power of the 1906 earthquake. Scientists at USGS estimate it registered a magnitude of around 7.7 to 7.9. They say it was like 30 Loma Prieta earthquakes striking simultaneously from north of Santa Rosa to south of San Jose.

Are we ready for the next one? We’ll probably never be able to say we’re completely ready. But, there’s a lot we can do to prepare. Today, our reporter Christie Smith showed us the challenges facing hospitals as they gear up for the next big one. Many are struggling to meet a 2008 deadline to prove they are seismically safe, and there is serious concern about whether they will be able to function after a quake.

In the next week, we’ll take you around the bay for a look at how other services you count on could be impacted by a quake. We’ll look back at what we’ve learned since 1906 and how you can protect your family.

All our coverage will culminate with a very special broadcast next Tuesday morning, April 18th. Please join us as we bring you live coverage of the commemoration of the Great Quake of 1906. We are planning a morning newscast with features and coverage that you won’t see anywhere else.

And that night at 7pm, don’t miss the special broadcast of NBC11’s “Echoes From The Past: The 1906 Earthquake.” The hour long documentary will provide a unique look back at that day in history 100 years ago. If you can’t wait to see it, you can find out how to download a podcast of the broadcast before it airs… plus, find an entire interactive experience about the quake by clicking here.

John Peck
NBC11 Producer

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