San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 - Preface

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 (Illustration) Famous Historical Events Geography STEM American History Social Studies Disasters

Photograph depicting the St. Francis Hotel following the 1906 earthquake in San Franciso.  Online courtesy the U.S. Archives and Records Administration.


No one
can comprehend the calamity to San Francisco
in its entirety.

Emma Burke

While the people of San Francisco slept, the ground below them was moving. At first, during the early hours of April 18, 1906, no one knew that something was awry. Then ... the rolling motions came, causing streets to rise, and fall, and rise again. It seemed, to one observer, that the earth itself was breathing. 
What happened next, devastated the city and traumatized her citizens.
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Original Release: Apr 01, 2006

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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