News — San Francisco Earth Quake

"The Ham and Eggs Fire"

Posted by Glenn Hamm on

When the phrase “natural disaster” is brought up, many think of the Great Chicago Fire. However, with over 3,000 casualties, the San Francisco Earthquake remains one of the United States’ worst natural disasters. On the morning of April 18th, 1906, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 ripped through the city, destroying houses, buildings, and infrastructure alike. San Francisco resident Emma Burke is quoted in Popular Mechanics as saying that the earthquake “made such a roar that no one noise could be distinguished.” The disaster’s enormous force had damaged the city’s gas lines and caused dozens of fires to break...

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