Other relief stations have been established in such of the churches throughout the city as are considered safe for use as such.
Mayor Frank K. Mott has issued the following appeal to the people of Oakland to aid the authorities in preserving peace and order:
To the People of Oakland:Chief N.A. Ball, of the Oakland Fire Department, has made the following suggestions to householders regarding fires in houses the chimneys of which have fallen:
Build no fires in coal stoves, grates or fire places until the interior of the chimneys has been inspected, cleaned out and put in repair. In many places where the chimneys appear to be all right, they may have cracks in the interior or may have stopped up with refuse, which might cause a blind fire.While the earthquake was at its height, the two smokestacks at the gas works at the foot of Grove street fell, crashing through the roof of the works, crushing the boiler and killing one of the firemen, whose identity has not yet been learned.
The force of the earthquake has caused the Twelfth street dam, opposite the boathouses on Lake Merritt, to sink eighteen inches.
A report comes from Martinez that the Martinez Bank Building, one of the finest structures in the town, has been completely destroyed.
It is at present impossible to estimate the amount of damage to property in this city, owing to the fact that practically no inspection has been made of the buildings, except by Fire Warden George McDonald, and this only for the purpose of condemning those where are unsafe and must be torn down. Many of the structures which from the outside show little apparent damage, on closer examination prove to have been so badly twisted and racked by the shock that it is feared they will have to be torn down.
April 19, 1906