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70 Rare Photographs of Streets and Buildings in San Francisco That Illustrate the Destruction Caused by the 1906 Earthquake

On the morning of April 18, 1906, a massive Earthquake shook San Francisco, California. Though the quake lasted less than a minute, its immediate impact was disastrous. The earthquake also ignited several fires around the city that burned for three days and destroyed nearly 500 city blocks.

Despite a quick response from San Francisco's large military population, the city was devastated. The earthquake and fires killed an estimated 3,000 people and left half of the city's 400,000 residents homeless. Aid poured in from around the country and the world, but those who survived faced weeks of difficulty and hardship.

The survivors slept in tents in city parks and the Presidio, stood in long lines for food, and were required to do their cooking in the street to minimize the threat of additional fires. The San Francisco earthquake is considered one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

Ruin At Palo Alto.

Boy's Gymnasium, Stanford University, Palo Alto.

At Stanford University, Palo Alto.

A Block in Redwood City.

High School, Redwood City.

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70 Rare Photographs of Streets and Buildings in San Francisco That Illustrate the Destruction Caused by the 1906 Earthquake

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