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On April 18, 1906 the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake took place
On April 18, 1906 the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake took place. Though it lasted no more than a minute, it was one of the deadliest earthquakes in U.S. history, igniting a fire in San Francisco that would last for three days and killing roughly 3,000 people. Over 80% of the city’s buildings were destroyed.
Did you know? The earthquake, rupturing on the San Andreas fault, was felt for hundreds of miles, from Oregon to Los Angeles to Nevada.
San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, Arnold Genthe, 1906
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