Earthquake Damage to Schools

Metadata Updated: September 21, 2017

This set of slides graphically illustrates the potential danger that major earthquakes pose to school structures and to the children and adults who happen to be inside at the time of the earthquake. It includes pictures from 1886 to 1988. The set includes nine destructive earthquakes that occurred in the U.S. and eight earthquakes that occurred in foreign countries. These unusual slides show earthquake damage to school s and university buildings around the world. They graphically illustrate the potential danger to our schools, and to the welfare of our children, that results from major earthquakes. The slides range from Algeria, where a collapsed school roof is held up only by students' desks; to Anchorage, Alaska, where an elementary school structure has split in half; to California and other areas, where school buildings have sustained damage to walls, roofs, and chimneys. Interestingly, all the United States earthquakes depicted in this set of slides occurred either on a holiday or before or after school hours, except the 1935 tremor in Helena, Montana, which occurred at 11:35 a.m. It undoubtedly would have caused casualties had the schools not been closed days earlier by Helena city officials because of a damaging foreshock. Students in Algeria, the People's Republic of China, Armenia, and other stricken countries were not so fortunate. This set of slides represents 17 destructive earthquakes that occurred in 9 countries, and covers more than a century--from 1886 to 1988. Two of the tremors, both of which occurred in the United States, were magnitude 8+ on the Richter Scale, and four were magnitude 7-7.9. The events represented by the slides (see table below) claimed more than a quarter of a million lives. List Of Earthquakes represented in the slide set are: Algeria: El Asnam, Armenian SSR: Spitak, Australia: Cadoux, Ecuador: Esmeraldas, Mexico: Veracruz, People's Republic of China: Tangshan, Peru: Lima, Turkey: Lice, USA: Alaska: Anchorage, California: San Francisco, Long Beach, Kern County, Coalinga, Montana: Hebgen Lake, Helena, South Carolina: CharlestonIn the following descriptions of earthquakes the location is only approximate. The damage is in millions of U.S. dollars.

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Metadata Date October 14, 2015
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date September 21, 2017
Reference Date(s) 1994 (publication)
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Location: Northern Algeria. Damage: $3,000 million. About 9,000 were injured. Extensive damage occurred in the El Asnam area. This modern school building collapsed at El Asnam. This school is one of 85 that collapsed during the earthquake. The earthquake occurred after school hours, and so no loss of life was sustained at this school.

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Metadata Date October 14, 2015
Metadata Created Date September 26, 2015
Metadata Updated Date September 21, 2017
Reference Date(s) 1994 (publication)
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Graphic Preview Description Location: Northern Algeria. Damage: $3,000 million. About 9,000 were injured. Extensive damage occurred in the El Asnam area. This modern school building collapsed at El Asnam. This school is one of 85 that collapsed during the earthquake. The earthquake occurred after school hours, and so no loss of life was sustained at this school.
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