It’s hard to imagine the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The disaster, and the resulting fires, claimed the lives of over 3,000 people and left 80 percent of the city in ruins.
The earthquake, which struck on April 18, 1906, ruptured 296 miles of the San Andreas Fault with an epicenter in the middle of San Francisco. People as far away as Oregon, Los Angeles and Central Nevada felt the tremors, which lasted for 40 to 60 seconds.
Although the earthquake caused major damage to the city, the fires, which were caused by broken Read the rest of this entry »