Historic Earthquakes

San Francisco, California
1906 04 18 13:12:21 UTC
Magnitude 7.8

Damage Photos

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Fence offset 8 1/2 feet by main fault one half mile northwest of Woodville, looking northeast. Marin County, California. 1906.

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Northward on Howard Street at Seventeenth Street. The soil at right foreground settled and moved forward. The buckle of railway tracks resulted from this movement. San Francisco, San Francisco County, California. 1906.

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Call Building and other buildings, San Francisco, California, April 20, 1906.

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Rear view of Great Arch and overturned urns, also see Mendenhall, W.C. 717, Stanford campus. Santa Clara County, California. April 21, 1906.

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Buckle in iron water pipe.

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The rails of the nearer track were buckled by expansion from the heat of burning buildings. The same caused exfoliation of the paving blocks. San Francisco, California. April, 1906.

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Rotated Chimney.

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First Baptist Church, Oakland.

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Photos from the Earth Science Photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey Library, by Joseph K. McGregor and Carl Abston, U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-21, 1995.