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San Francisco Earthquake Chinatown
The massive earthquake that shook San Francisco to its core in the early hours of April 18, 1906, ignited a howling blaze that threatened total destruction of the city. Action intended to save the city may have added to the chaos, injuries, deaths and damage.
April 18, 1906 San Francisco was wrecked by a Great Earthquake at 5:13 a.m., and then destroyed by the seventh Great Fire that burned for four days.
San Francisco earthquake of 1906: The San Francisco earthquake of 1906, a major earthquake and fire that destroyed some 28,000 buildings and killed more than 3,000 people.
Highlights map top. San Francisco has the oldest and 2d largest Chinatown in North America. Historically it was the starting point for most new Chinese immigrants giving it a special place in the hearts of their families.
San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands
San Francisco City Guides: Free Neighborhood Walking Tours of San Francisco
The California earthquake of April 18, 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. Rare photos of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck on April 18 with an estimated magnitude of 7.8. The temblor was followed by major fires that lasted for several days. The toll was high, about 3,000 people died and more than 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed.
The San Francisco Mint is a branch of the United States Mint and was opened in 1854 to serve the gold mines of the California Gold Rush.It quickly outgrew its first building and moved into a new one in 1874. This building, the Old United States Mint, also known affectionately as The Granite Lady, is one of the few that survived the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
San Francisco: San Francisco, city and port, northern California, U.S., located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.