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Quake: 1906 San Francisco Quake

tells why the April 18, 1906, earthquake along the San Andreas Fault was "one of the most significant earthquakes of all time." See photos, eyewitness accounts, the 1906 seismogram, and casualty and damage statistics. Learn about the flurry of scientific investigation unleashed by the quake and the advances that followed. (U.S. Geological Survey)

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Interesting Fact:

The 3-day conflagration following the earthquake caused substantially more damage than did the earthquake. The area of the burned district covered 4.7 square mile, and it was estimated that over 28,000 buildings were lost, leaving 225,000 homeless from a population of about 400,000.
Santa Rosa City Hall (From the Steinbrugge Collection of the UC Berkeley Earthquake Engineering Research Center)

Santa Rosa City Hall

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