1868 Damage Photographs
Oakland and East Bay Damage
Damage in Surrounding
on Quake Damage
Urges Building Height Limit
Fire Chief Urges Care
Bd. of Supervisors Special
Earthquakes and Real Estate
Chamber of Commerce Telegram
to the East
How to Act During an Earthquake
Dispatching the News
At a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce, held yesterday morning in
their Chamber in the Merchant's Exchange, a Committee of four were
appointed to collect information and make an estimate of the probable loss.
Messrs. Otis, Friedlander, [William] Ralston, and [George] Gordon form
the Committee. These gentlemen met at one o'clock, in the parlor of the
Bank of California, and prepared the following dispatch for the east:
The President of the Chamber of Commerce, with the approval of the
Committee, has given the above to the Telegraph Company, to forward
over their signature to the various Chambers of Commerce throughout the
East and Europe.
A severe shock of earthquake experienced here at 7:50 A.M. Considerable
alarm felt at time of occurrence. A good many buildings on
made-ground injured. Custom House and City Hall, both poorly
constructed, badly injured, and some buildings in process of construction
have fallen in. Some parapet walls falling have caused the loss of four lives.
No damage to well-constructed buildings. Total loss on property
will not exceed $300,000.
San Francisco Daily Morning Call
Thursday, October 22, 1868
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