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Screenshot from film of San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906

See the ruins of downtown San Francisco after the earthquake of 1906.

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1906 San Francisco Earthquake
On April 18, 1906, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded in North America struck San Francisco, California. The shaking of the earth was felt all the way from southern Oregon to Los Angeles and as far east as central Nevada. The quake formed a crack in the earth's surface around 290 miles long. The earthquake and the great fire that followed destroyed much of the city of San Francisco. An estimated 28,000 buildings were lost, about half the city's population was left homeless, and more than 3,000 people perished. There was not another huge earthquake in San Francisco until October 17, 1989. Have you heard about that one? The damage in 1989 was not as severe, because the 1906 quake caused engineers to learn more about making buildings "earthquake-proof."
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VIDEO CREDIT: [Production company unknown]. "Unidentified Staples & Charles. No. 1, San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of 1906." Circa 1906. Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916, Library of Congress.