UC REGENTS, NATL. INFORMATION SERVICE FOR EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY UC REGENTS, NATL. INFORMATION SERVICE FOR EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
San Francisco earthquake fire. People outside the Kohler and Chase Piano Building in San Francisco, California, USA, during the fire caused by the large earthquake that occurred nearby on the San Andreas fault on 18 April 1906. 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. Photographed by Doc Rogers. This was one of the first major disasters to be recorded by photography. This photograph, first published in the Oakland Tribune, now forms part of the Karl V. Steinbrugge Collection.
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