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Mayor urges San Franciscans to pass earthquake bondPosted On Mon, April 19, 2010
Sunday was the 104th anniversary of the 1906 Great Earthquake in San Francisco, considered by many as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time, and the mayor along with other city officials are pleading for residents to pass an earthquake bond measure.
The Associated Press reports that this $412 million earthquake bond measure will be on the June ballot, and San Francisco officials believe it will make the city more prepared for the next major earthquake. This bond measure will set aside $104 million to make sure firefighters have access to water during an earthquake and the rest of the money will be put towards new fire and police buildings, the AP said.
According to the AP, there are some pumps in San Francisco dating back to 1912 that are in serious need of retrofitting. It also said city officials want to build more emergency storage cisterns. There are 177 cisterns currently throughout San Francisco that are able to hold between 75,000 and 200,000 gallons of water each.
In the event of an earthquake, the San Francisco Chronicle suggests not moving, but instead dropping to the ground, taking cover, and holding on to what is nearby.
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