1906 San Francisco Earthquake
At 5:13 a.m., April 18 an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale stuck San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people and toppling buildings. The quake could be felt from southern Oregon down to Los Angeles. By April 23, most fires were extinguished.
It was estimated that some 3,000 people died as a result of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and the devastating fires it inflicted upon the city. Almost 30,000 buildings were destroyed, including most of the city’s homes and nearly all of the central business district.