1906 San Francisco earthquake

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was the biggest earthquake that has ever hit San Francisco on April 18, 1906.[2] It was felt from Los Angeles to Oregon and Nevada. The earthquake was about a 7.8 on the Richter scale. Around 3,000 people were killed and between 227,000 and 300,000 people were left homeless.[3] There were also fires because gas pipes were destroyed, and the gas caught on fire. Over 80% of the city was destroyed by the earthquake and fires that came later. The city is on the San Andreas Fault, which slid, causing the earthquake. Many people looted so then the Army had to come in to keep the peace, but there were reports of the army looting as well.

1906 San Francisco earthquake
1906 San Francisco earthquake is located in California
Santa Rosa
Paso Robles
Santa Monica
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Magnitude 7.9 Mw
Depth 5 mi (8.0 km)[1]
Epicenter location 37°45′N 122°33′W / 37.75°N 122.55°W / 37.75; -122.55Coordinates: 37°45′N 122°33′W / 37.75°N 122.55°W / 37.75; -122.55[1]
Type Strike-slip
Countries or regions affected North Coast
San Francisco Bay Area
Central Coast
United States
Max. intensity XI (Extreme)
Tsunami Yes
Casualties 700–3,000+

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Location of the Focal Region and Hypocenter of the California Earthquake of April 18, 1906
  2. "USGS – The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake". Archived from the original on 2017-02-11. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  3. Timeline of the San Francisco Earthquake April 18 – 23, 1906 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, The Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco

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