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Title
Failed Sheffield Dam after the earthquake, Santa Barbara, 1925
Date Created and/or Issued
June 29, 1925
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Collection
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
US
Description
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
Detail view of broken concrete on a section of the failed Sheffield Dam after the June 29 earthquake. The earthquake liquefied the soil beneath the concrete-faced, compacted earth dam and a section moved downstream 100 feet.
On June 29, 1925 at 6:42 am a major earthquake hit the area of Santa Barbara. It was 19 seconds in duration and registered 6.8 on the Richter magnitude scale. The downtown of Santa Barbara was destroyed, the Sheffield Dam collapsed, and thirteen people died. The facade of the Mission Santa Barbara was severely damaged and lost its statues. Three persons thought to shut off the town electricity and gas, thereby preventing catastrophic fire. The city was rebuilt in a unified Spanish Colonial Revival style in 1925-1929.
Text from negative sleeve: Earthquakes, Santa Barbara
Type
Image
Format
b&w nitrate negative
Identifier
uclamss_1429_2224
ark:/21198/zz002dd5np
Language
No linguistic content
Subject
Earthquakes--California--Santa Barbara
Sheffield Dam Failure, Calif., 1925
Dam failures--California--Santa Barbara
Reservoirs--California--Santa Barbara
Sheffield Reservoir (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Source
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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