April 18th, 1906: The Great San Francisco earthquake  decimates the city killing thousands.

April 18th, 1906: The Great San Francisco earthquake decimates the city killing thousands.

San Francisco residents were abruptly awakened one spring morning by an earthquake that lasted no more than a minute, but set off a chain of events that caused the city to burn for four straight days. The estimated 7.7- to 7.9-magnitude temblor not only broke natural gas mains, which sparked the fires, but also damaged water mains, leaving the fire department with limited resources to battle the blaze. By the time the fires were doused, flames had devoured more than 500 city blocks.

1906 San Francisco Earthquake Pictures

San Francisco residents were abruptly awakened one spring morning by an earthquake that lasted no more than a minute, but set off a chain of events that caused the city to burn for four straight days. The estimated 7.7- to 7.9-magnitude temblor not only broke natural gas mains, which sparked the fires, but also damaged water mains, leaving the fire department with limited resources to battle the blaze. By the time the fires were doused, flames had devoured more than 500 city blocks.

Apr 18, 1906: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

Apr 18, 1906: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

San Francisco earthquake and fire, looking toward the Ferry Building, 1906. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

San Francisco earthquake and fire, looking toward the Ferry Building, 1906. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

[Spectators sitting on hillside watching fires consume the city after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake]

[Spectators sitting on hillside watching fires consume the city after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake]

1906. San Francisco earthquake and fire. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

1906. San Francisco earthquake and fire. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

"City Hall:1906", The tower of San Francisco City Hall after the April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire.

"City Hall:1906", The tower of San Francisco City Hall after the April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire.

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