1906 San Francisco earthquake damage

1906 San Francisco earthquake damage

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Caption: 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Crowd by a damaged building in the Mission district of San Francisco, California, USA, after the large earthquake that occurred nearby on the San Andreas fault on 18 April 1906. The smoke is from the fire caused by the earthquake. The fire burnt for several days over an area of several square kilometres. It is estimated that 28,000 buildings were destroyed, over 3000 people killed, and up to 300,000 left homeless. The earthquake and fire was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the USA. This was one of the first major disasters to be recorded by photography. This photograph, now part of the Karl V. Steinbrugge Collection, is from the Bear Photo Collection.

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