The earthquake that destroyed San Francisco, 1906
On April 18, 1906, one of the biggest disasters of the 20th century occurred in San Francisco, at 5:12 in the morning. An estimated magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit San Francisco. It lasted approximately 45 to 60 seconds.
While the earth rolled and the ground split, the wooden and brick buildings of San Francisco toppled. Within half an hour of the San Francisco earthquake, 50 fires had erupted from broken gas pipes, downed power lines, and overturned stoves.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed and over half of the city’s population was left homeless. Around 500 city blocks with 28,000 buildings were destroyed during this devastating natural catastrophe.