The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards

San Francisco Earthquake 1989 ~ So terrifying until all friends & family accounted for. Thank God for the World Series. Traffic way lighter than usual at 5:04pm.  ~Repinned Via Rhonda Hoffman Garcia (akr)

San Francisco Earthquake 1989 ~ World Series was being played. Earthquake stopped the game but many people credit it with saving lives because traffic was lighter with people at the game and at home watching on TV.

San Francisco earthquake and fire, looking toward the Ferry Building, 1906. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of The picture shows the hospital near the Union Ferry building. You can see smoke from the city in the background. I Survived Series

1906 San Francisco Earthquake - Down Market from Mason

1906 San Francisco Earthquake - Down Market from Mason

San Francisco residents were abruptly awakened one spring morning by an earthquake that lasted no more than a minute, but set off a chain of events that caused the city to burn for four straight days. The estimated 7.7- to 7.9-magnitude temblor not only broke natural gas mains, which sparked the fires, but also damaged water mains, leaving the fire department with limited resources to battle the blaze. By the time the fires were doused, flames had devoured more than 500 city blocks.

1906 San Francisco Earthquake Pictures

A picture of several buildings that collapsed during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. - Picture courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Aug. 2, 1873: San Francisco’s First Cable Car Conquers Nob Hill  //  Image: "1873: Andrew Hallidie tests the first cable car in San Francisco."  // Hallidie is said to have conceived his idea in 1869 while watching a team of horses being whipped as they struggled to pull a car up wet cobblestones on Nob Hill. They slipped and were dragged to their deaths.

Aug. 2, 1873: San Francisco's First Cable Car Conquers Nob Hill

August 1873 The Clay Street Railroad begins operation, making it the first cable car in San Francisco’s now famous cable car system.

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