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On This Day… The San Francisco Earthquake

Written by: George Chittenden : 19 Apr 2019

It was on this day, 18th April, back in 1906 when one of the deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States occurred. The San Francisco earthquake hit the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. with an estimated 7.9 on the moment magnitude scale, which was developed in the 1970s to succeed the Richter magnitude scale. The 1906 earthquake actually preceded the development of the Richter magnitude scale by three decades.

The Destruction of San Francisco

The Destruction of San Francisco

In 1906 a strong foreshock preceded the main shock by about 20 to 25 seconds, and the main shock lasted for about 42 seconds.

More damage cause by the quake

More damage cause by the quake

The quake was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. To this day, the 1906 quake remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history. Following the earthquake fires soon broke out and swept through the city. Approximately 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed.

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