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U.S. History Topics » Other History & Soc Studies » Natural Disasters

1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

provides photos, letters, and other documents about one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history. Although it lasted only about a minute, the quake and its fires left over 500 city blocks in ruins and more than half of San Francisco's population homeless. (National Archives and Records Administration)

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Interesting Fact:

After the shockwaves ceased and the last flame was extinguished, San Franciscans banded together to rebuild their city as they had done in the past. It was neither coincidence nor foreshadowing that led San Francisco to adopt the phoenix, a mythological bird that arises reborn from its ashes, as its symbol in 1900.
Image of the complete devastation visited upon San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire

Image of the complete devastation visited upon San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake and fire

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