San Francisco 1906: The Great Quake and Fires


A collapsed building after the San Francisco earthquake and fire, 1906. From “After Earthquake and Fire,” Mining and Scientific Press. Public domain

On the morning of April 18, 1906, an event that lasted less than a minute changed San Francisco forever. An earthquake and a series of fires devastated much of the city and had long-term ramifications.

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Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, U.S. history, disasters, fires, earthquakes, San Francisco, California