WHY WAS THE GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE MORE DESTRUCTIVE THAN THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE? In 1989 an earthquake hit San Francisco, on the west coast of USA, killing around 63 people. Twelve years later an earthquake hit Gujarat, in India. This time it killed approximately 20,000 people. In this report I will be comparing the two earthquakes, giving reasons why the Gujarat earthquake was so much more destructive than the one in San Francisco. An earthquake is a movement or tremor in the earth’s crust.
Earthquakes happen all the time, but some are so weak that they cannot be felt. The San Francisco earthquake and the Gujarat earthquake were so powerful that the shaking of the ground caused the buildings to collapse and landslides to occur. In both earthquakes a lot of damage was done not Just to the buildings but to the people as well. In the San Francisco earthquake over 3000 people were injured and 13,000 people were left homeless this is a big impact but compared to the Gujarat it asn’t.
In the Gujarat earthquake 170. 000 people were injured and 1,000,000 were left homeless. The damage cost $4 billion in the Gujarat earthquake but in the San Francisco it cost $7 billion. This is mainly because India is a poorer country compared to the USA. We can know this because of the average wage in each country. WHY WAS THE GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE MORE DESTRUCTIVE THAN THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE? to the USA. We can know this because of the average wage in each country.