Historic Earthquakes

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

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Water tank thrown westward. West shore of Tomales Bay.

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Baily's pier at Inverness, southwest shore of Tomales Bay. Previous to the earthquake of 1906 this pier was straight. Its present form is due partly to restoration after earthquake injury but chiefly to the shifting of mud constituting the bottom of the bay. In the work of repair it was found that the pier had been telescoped so as to be 12 feet shorter than before the earthquake. Marin County, California. 1906.

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Train thrown down by earthquake of April 18, 1906. The train was standing on a siding. Beyond are the buildings of the Point Reyes Hotel; and at the extreme right the ruin of a stone store which was shaken down.

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View southwest from corner of Geary and Mason streets, San Francisco. April 20, 1906.

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Nob Hill seen from the corner of Van Ness and Washington Streets, after the earthquake. San Francisco, California. 1906.

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Refugees camp, Jefferson Square, San Francisco. April 20, 1906.

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Phelan building, San Francisco. April 20, 1906.

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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.