August 28, 2014

Today in History: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

San Francisco in Ruins
Today in History–April 18–the Library of Congress features the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which shook the city early on this morning more than a century ago. The 8.3 magnitude (Richter Scale) earthquake and a subsequent fire leveled a large portion of the city and killed thousands. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about this tragic event and the city of San Francisco.

Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916

The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 (selected articles from the Chronicling America historical newspaper collection)

San Francisco 1906 earthquake & fire image set

Map of part of San Francisco, California, April 18, 1908 : showing buildings constructed and buildings under construction during two years after fire of April 18, 1906

More San Francisco primary sources

Other natural disasters

Galveston Storm

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane San Ciriaco

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