SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE & FIRE
The Science of Tectonic Plates
(originally posted: December 2011 in the Atheists Proves God section. Article titled Simon Winchester Proves God - Again)
* All scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.
“The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, and covered the faction of Abiram. A fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked.”
Psalm 106:17, 18
“The San Francisco earthquake (and fire) was not caused by God, but by forces we understand ... .” 1
“During the 1850’s San Francisco’s notoriety was fully and widely established; it was a den of iniquity, a lawless town ... . 2
Simon Winchester (S.W.)
“... whorehouses (in S.F.) ... would eventually number in the hundreds ... .” 2
“... assembly-line brothels ... provided services on a titanic scale. The Hotel Nymphomania, for example, offered 150 cubicles on each of its three floors.” 2
2, 7, 13, 21-26, 33. [The city by the bay forgot that there is a God who judges.]
9. He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; ... [All the water
pipes from the reservoirs to the city were fractured by the
earthquake. Therefore no water was available to fight the
fires. 2, 3, 4, 5]
17-18. [The sentinel verses for the S.F. earthquake and fire.]
17. The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan, and
covered the faction of Abiram.
18. A fire was kindled in their company; the flame
burned up the wicked.
“On April 18, 1906, the earth shook, then it opened ... split the ground for 300 miles ... . The fires that would rage for the next three days .... would swell into an unstoppable inferno.” 4
“Fire Chief Dennis Sullivan, the one man who might have organized a coherent response to the fires, was fatally injured when a hotel fell on his house.” 4
“... almost immediately after the trembling of the ground had stopped ... (came) a quite destructive and long-lived fire.” 2
“Of S.F.’s 400,000 residents, 225,000 lost their homes. Five hundred city blocks were burned. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 died.” 4
19, 20. They made a calf in Horeb and worship the
molded image. They changed their glory into
an image of an ox that eats grass.
[Creationism being replaced by evolution by
natural selection. See quote below verse 21.]
[The most iconic image from the S.F. earthquake
- a statue of renowned biologist, Louis Agassiz,
thrown down head first and stuck into the cement at Stanford University. 2]
21. They forgot God their Savior, who had done
great things in the land of Eqypt.
"This event (earthquake, fire, and plummeting statue) ... offers a potent icon for the demise of special creationism as a major force within American intellectual life." 6
23. Therefore He said that He would destroy them. ...
35-38. [Violence and bloodshed in 1906 San Francisco.]
“... think Lord of the Flies or Heart of Darkness. There was murder, mayhem, robbery, alcoholism, depression, suicide, and all of it on a positively Homeric scale ...” 2
“Corruption and violence, cheating and envy (became) a fixture of everyday life.” 2
“But right in the path of the largest, hottest blaze,
a few dozen men at the S.F. Mint, where coins were
manufactured for circulation, stood fast.” 3
“... tons of silver began pouring into
San Francisco ...” 3
“(The fire’s), temperature exceeded 2,000 degrees,11. You brought us into the net, You laid affliction on
hot enough to melt steel. ... huge fires that
seemed to be merging into one horrific
conflagration-headed right for the mint” 3
“We were prisoners and fighting for our lives.” 3
Joe Hammill - mint survivor
“They fought against an inferno that melted
glass ... and burned the clothes off their backs.
... burning cinders scorched their clothes.” 3
12a. You caused men to ride over our heads ...
“Joe Hammill (mint survivor) recalled being
suddenly ‘thrown in every direction’”. 3
12b. ... we went through fire and through water ...
[The U.S. mint was the only building with a viable water supply after the earthquake as it had an operating well in its courtyard. 3 Internal fire hoses had been installed throughout the building only ten days earlier. 3]
12c. ... You brought us out to rich fulfillment.
“By safeguarding gold and silver worth $300 million ... the equivalent of more than $6 billion today - they (defenders of the mint) may have saved the U.S. economy from collapse.” 3
[See Psalm 66:10 for a similar depiction of the preservation of the U.S. mint in the year pattern.]
“... both Davis and Washington streets opened up in
several places and water came up out of those cracks.” 2
Officer Cook as reported by S.W.
16a. To make the land desolate and a perpetual hissing ...
“... the high-tension electrical wires ... fell to the ground - where they writhed and hissed ‘like reptiles’ ” - ...” 2
16b. ... everyone who passes will be astonished.
“Today, 100 years later, the ... great quake seems nearly as shocking as it did then; 28,000 buildings destroyed, more than 3,000 people killed, 225,000 more ... left homeless” 5
17. I will scatter them as with an east wind before the
enemy; I will show them the back and not the
face in the day of their calamity.
“Yet from every side, wind was pouring in upon the city: east, west, north, and south, strong winds were blowing upon the doomed city.” 2
“The vineyard country of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys ... was hit particularly hard.” 2
“Sonoma County’s main city, Santa Rosa, was savaged ...” 2
45. [Fire and flames]
As for Simon Winchester, he can believe what he wants. His own words in Krakatoa and A Crack in the Edge of the World prove God and the Bible as the word of God.
An atheist proving God; what a concept.