"San Francisco's Great Disaster": 100th Anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake

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August - December, Honnold/Mudd Library

On April 18, 1906, shortly after 5:00 a.m., a great earthquake struck San Francisco and the surrounding area to the northwest and southeast. Many buildings were wrecked; thousands of people were killed, more than two hundred thousand left homeless; electric power lines and gas mains were broken. Fires burned wildly for four days, out of control because of severed water mains. These shocking events caught the city of San Francisco unaware and unprepared and had lasting ramifications for families, businesses, politics, and earthquake science. This exhibit honors the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and its depiction in official reports, photographs, newspaper and magazine accounts, and other materials that depicted the events at the time of the quake.

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i think it was one of the baddest diasters known to man kind!

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