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. Fissure in a paved street in San Francisco, California, USA, caused by the large earthquake that occurred on the San Andreas fault on 18 April 1906. The epicentre was just off the coast of the city. This is in the area of Eighteenth Street, looking east to Folsom Street. Ruptures like these occurred along the fault line for 470 kilometres. The earthquake was one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the USA. Most of the damage and deaths were from the fire caused by the earthquake. This was one of the first major disasters to be recorded by photography. This photograph, now in the Karl V. Steinbrugge Collection, is from the Bear Photo Collection.
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