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Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Disasters
The great earthquake and fire of San Francisco occurred on this date in 1906. It was a disaster of monumental proportions not only for the citizens of San Francisco, but also for the state of California and parts of the country. San Francisco, at that time was a noted cultural and emerging financial center - the New York of the West. Jack London is said to have noted: "Not in history has a modern imperial city been so completely destroyed. San Francisco is gone." Of course, San Franciscans proved him wrong. In less than 10 years, the city was essentially rebuilt.

A lesser known disaster occurred in 1880 when an F4 tornado struck a Midwestern town. Its damage path was 800 yards wide and 64 miles long. The tornado killed 99 people and injured 100, and it is said that 10% of the town's residents were killed and all but 15 of its buildings were destroyed. According to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, a baby girl was found sleeping peacefully in the branches of a tall elm. The child was never identified and was later adopted by a local family.

Today's question: What was the name of the town?

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3 Comments:
Blogger Mz Jackson said...
Okay, I've looked and looked but cannot find, so I will take a guess: Wichita, Kansas?

Blogger robynl said...
On April 18, 1880, an intense tornado measuring F4 on the Fujita scale struck Marshfield(Missouri)

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
I was just about to come in and give you a hint, Mz jackson, but Robyn beat me to it. She's correct that the town was Marshfield, Missouri.

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