Today in History: Great San Francisco Earthquake

| April 18, 2017

slide design-Great San Francisco Earthquake-03Caused by a slip on the San Andreas Fault, the great San Francisco Earthquake occurred around 5:15 am on April 18, 1906, with a magnitude of close to 8 on the Richter scale. The earthquake, which lasted less than one minute, devastated the city of San Francisco, with wide spread building collapses and fires — killing as many as 3,000 people. Shock waves were felt as far as southern Oregon to Los Angeles. The death toll proved the greatest in the history of natural disasters in California and one of the highest in America.

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