Today in History: Great San Francisco Earthquake
Caused 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.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- ‘Twas Tectonic Shock. (1906, Apr 19). The Sun (1837-1991)
- San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Scenes. (1906, Apr 29). Detroit Free Press (1858-1922)
- The San Francisco Earthquake: From the Point of View of Los Angeles. (1906, May 04). Wall Street Journal (1889-1922)
- Great Events Greatly Told; The San Francisco Earthquake as Told by Jack London. (1925, Nov 10). Boston Daily Globe (1923-1927)
- San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, 1906. (1936, Nov 08). Daily Boston Globe (1928-1960)
- Snider, A. J. (1968, Mar 06). North America’s Biggest Quake Rearranged Midwest Landscape. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)
- San Francisco Earthquake Toll 1000, Damage High, 100,000 More Homeless. (1971, Sep 19). Boston Globe (1960-1985)
- Grant, S. (1989, Oct 19). Quake’s Force Had Been Pent Up Since Before 1906. The Hartford Courant (1923-1991)
- Traxel, D. (2001, Jul 01). 8.3: A Journalist Surveys the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Dateline San Francisco, April 18, 1906. (2006, Apr 18). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Check out the Center for Legislative Archive, National Archives, entry on San Franscisco Earthquake, 1906. Included are documents and photographs about the earthquake aftermath and first response by the U.S. military.
- See Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery after the 1906 Disaster, by Andrea Rees Davies (Temple, 2012).
- Earthquake History of the Bay Area. EarthquakeSafety.com
- Recent Earthquakes Near San Francisco Bay Area, California. EarthquakeTrack.com
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