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San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 with an estimated "moment magnitude" of 7.8 and a maximum "Mercalli intensity" of "XI" ("Extreme"). Severe shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area of the long vast Central Valley. Devastating fires fueled by broken and twisted underground natural gas supply pipes sparked by downed poles with tangles of overloaded new electric lines, soon broke out in the city that lasted for several days. As a result, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The earthquake and resulting fire are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American urban disasters.
Photograph of Souvenir Hunters After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
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[Temporary structures in street, San Francisco, California, after the earthquake and fire, 1906]

Burlap and rug-covered structure in foreground bears hand written sign "Palace Hotel Grill".

[View of building after earthquake and fire, San Francisco, California]

Six men in foreground face the damaged 7-story building.

City Hall after the earthquake, showing the shattered foundations, San Francisco, Cal.

Stereograph showing ruins of City Hall following the earthquake and fire in San Francisco, 1906, with photographer using camera on tripod in foreground.

California St. from Sansome St. before the earthquake, San Francisco, Cal.

Stereograph showing view of long and high San Francisco city streets and tall buildings.

Ruins of earthquake and fire, San Francisco, Calif.

Stockton St., Union Square, Post St., and St. Francis.

A crude post office - reorganizing the mail service after the earthquake, San Francisco, Cal.

Stereo shows a young girl and two men standing in front of the tent serving as the post office after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906.

Photograph of a Typical Bread Line in the Early Stages of Relief Distribution After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: Photograph of a Typical Bread Line in the Early Stages of Relief Distribution After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)... more

Photograph of a Group Cooking on a Stove in the Street After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: No. 50. Chimneys were destroyed and cooking in houses was prohibited...Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From: Committee ... more

Photograph of the West Front of the New Chronicle Building Showing Damage by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, 1906

Original Caption: Photograph of the West Front of the New Chronicle Building Showing Damage by the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, 1906..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..Fr... more

Panorama photograph from Pine and Powell streets, San Francisco, taken after the earthquake, ca. 1905

Original Caption: Panorama photograph from Pine and Powell streets, San Francisco, taken after the earthquake, ca. 1905..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/C... more

Photograph of the Ruined Tower of the City Hall Damaged by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: No. 6. View of the ruined tower of the City Hall. Damage due to earthquake alone..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From:... more

Photograph of a Fire Partially Under Control After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: No. 64. Fire partially under control - 3rd day..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From: Committee Papers of the Senate Co... more

Photograph of Souvenir Hunters After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: No. 50. Chimneys were destroyed and cooking in houses was prohibited...Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From: Committee ... more

Photograph of a Camp in Golden Gate Park Under Military Control After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: Photograph of a Camp in Golden Gate Park Under Military Control After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record... more

Photograph of the Effect of Earthquake on Houses After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: Photograph of the Effect of Earthquake on Houses Built on Loose or Made Ground After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906..Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946... more

Photograph of a Military Camp on the Fourth Day After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: No. 44. More military help - 4th day...Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From: Committee Papers of the Senate Committee o... more

Photograph of Union Street Car Line After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: No. 22. Union Street car line - showing displacement of made ground...Created By: U.S. Senate. Committee on Printing. (12/15/1841 - 1946)..From: Record Group/Collection: 46..From: Committee P... more

Photograph of St. Francis Hotel After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Original Caption: Photograph of St. Francis Hotel Showing the Clean Sweep of Fire in the Business Section of All Except Class A Steel Frame Buildings After the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, 1906..Created By: U... more

Valencia St. Near 19th.

Title: Valencia St. Near 19th. ..Alternative Title: Valencia Street Near 19th . .Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: ... more

Jones and Market.

Title: Jones and Market...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_80_jones_sm_opt... more

Girl's High School Scott St.

Title: Girl's High School Scott St...Alternative Title: Girl's High School, Scott Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: ... more

Palace Hotel.

Title: Palace Hotel...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_61_palacehotel_sm_o... more

Pioneer Bl'd'g. 4th St.

Title: Pioneer Bl'd'g. 4th St...Alternative Title: Pioneer Building, 4th Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin s... more

House On Steiner St.

Title: House On Steiner St...Alternative Title: House On Steiner Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 1... more

Cor. Mission and Steuart.

Title: Cor. Mission and Steuart...Alternative Title: Corner of Mission and Steuart..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelati... more

At Stanford Uni'ty. Palo Alto.

Title: At Stanford Uni'ty. Palo Alto...Alternative Title: At Stanford University, Palo Alto..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic prin... more

Stanford Unit'y Palo Alto.

Title: Stanford Unit'y Palo Alto...Alternative Title: Stanford University, Palo Alto..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gela... more

Sacramento St.

Title: Sacramento St...Alternative Title: Sacramento Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...... more

Dore Street.

Title: Dore Street...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_84_dore_sm_opt.jpg..... more

Howard Cor. Spear

Title: Howard Cor. Spear..Alternative Title: Howard Corner At Spear..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x ... more

Market St. From Ferry.

Title: Market St. From Ferry...Alternative Title: Market Street From Ferry..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver... more

''The Warren'' Post and Jones

Title: ''The Warren'' Post and Jones..Alternative Title: ''The Warren'', Post and Jones..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: g... more

Foot of 9th St.

Title: Foot of 9th St...Alternative Title: Foot of 9th Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm.... more

Valencia St. Bet. 18 and 19th

Title: Valencia St. Bet. 18 and 19th..Alternative Title: Valencia Street Between 18th and 19th . .Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photog... more

Jefferson Square.

Title: Jefferson Square...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_77_jeffersonsqu... more

Howard St. Bet. 17th and 18th.

Title: Howard St. Bet. 17th and 18th...Alternative Title: Howard Street Between 17th and 18th..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic pr... more

A Block in Redwood City.

Title: A Block in Redwood City...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_90_block... more

First St. From Mission

Title: First St. From Mission..Alternative Title: First Street From Mission..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silve... more

Jefferson Square.

Title: Jefferson Square...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_78_jeffersonsqu... more

Boy's Gymnasium Stanford Uni'ty Palo Alto.

Title: Boy's Gymnasium Stanford Uni'ty Palo Alto...Alternative Title: Boy's Gymnasium, Stanford University, Palo Alto..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Descri... more

O'Farrell St. From Stockton.

Title: O'Farrell St. From Stockton...Alternative Title: O'Farrell Street From Stockton..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: ge... more

Out Door Cooking, Fell St.

Title: Out Door Cooking, Fell St...Alternative Title: Outdoor Cooking Fell Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin... more

High School Redwood City.

Title: High School Redwood City...Alternative Title: High School, Redwood City..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin si... more

San Mateo.

Title: San Mateo...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_87_sanmateo_sm_opt.jpg... more

S.F. Stock Exchange.

Title: S.F. Stock Exchange...Alternative Title: San Francisco Stock Exchange..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silv... more

Union Street Near Pierce.

Title: Union Street Near Pierce...Alternative Title: Outdoor Cooking Fell Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin ... more

California St. From Kearney.

Title: California St. From Kearney...Alternative Title: California Street From Kearney..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: ge... more

St. Francis Hotel, Union Square.

Title: St. Francis Hotel, Union Square...Alternative Title: Saint Francis Hotel, Union Square..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin... more

Band Stand G.G. Park.

Title: Band Stand G.G. Park...Alternative Title: Band Stand Golden Gate Park . .Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelati... more

Orpheum Theater

Title: Orpheum Theater..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_64_orpheum_sm_opt... more

Dynamiting The Examiner Bl'g.

Title: Dynamiting The Examiner Bl'g...Alternative Title: Dynamiting The Examiner Building..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print:... more

Court House Redwood City.

Title: Court House Redwood City...Alternative Title: Courthouse, Redwood City..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin sil... more

Dupont St. Chinatown.

Title: Dupont St. Chinatown...Alternative Title: Dupont Street Chinatown..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; ... more

Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F.

Title: Observatory, G.G. Park, S.F...Alternative Title: Observatory, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco ..Creator: Stoddard ..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographi... more

Eddy St. Near Filmore

Title: Eddy St. Near Filmore..Alternative Title: Eddy Street Near Filmore..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver;... more

Observatory G.G. Park.

Title: Observatory G.G. Park...Alternative Title: Observatory, Golden Gate Park . .Creator: Stoddard ..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin sil... more

Howard St. Bet. 17 and 18th

Title: Howard St. Bet. 17 and 18th..Alternative Title: Howard Street Between 17th and 18th..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print... more

Valencia St. Bet 18th and 19th

Title: Valencia St. Bet 18th and 19th ..Alternative Title: Valencia Street Between 18th and 19th . .Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 ph... more

Youth's Directory 19th St.

Title: Youth's Directory 19th St...Alternative Title: Youth's Directory, 19th Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gela... more

Valencia St.

Title: Valencia St...Alternative Title: Valencia Street . .Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 c... more

Ruin At Palo Alto.

Title: Ruin At Palo Alto...Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_96_ruin_sm_opt... more

Y.M.C.A. Bl'd'g. Mason St.

Title: Y.M.C.A. Bl'd'g. Mason St...Alternative Title: YMCA Building, Mason Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin... more

Hall of Justice

Title: Hall of Justice..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver; 15 x 20 cm...File: ag1982_0186sx_66_hallofjustice_... more

Mason From Market St.

Title: Mason From Market St...Alternative Title: Mason From Market Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic print: gelatin silver;... more

Hall of Justice on Kearney St.

Title: Hall of Justice on Kearney St...Alternative Title: Hall of Justice on Kearney Street..Creator: Stoddard [attrib.]..Date: 1906..Part Of: San Francisco earthquake..Physical Description: 1 photographic prin... more