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Ruins of San Francisco, from the Site of the Mechanics' Pavilion, San Francisco, California.
San Francisco in ruins after the earthquake in 1906

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The Great San Francisco Earthquake
April 18, 1906

What wakes you up in the morning? An alarm clock? Your parents? What about an earthquake? That's what woke up the city of San Francisco at 5:12 a.m. on April 18,1906. The 8.3 magnitude earthquake collapsed many buildings, but it wasn't just the shaking ground that nearly destroyed the city.
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