118 years ago: Unbelievable images of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake

The deadliest earthquake in the history of the United States, as photographed by those who were there

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18/04/24 | StarsInsider


The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is the deadliest earthquake in the history of the United States, and remains high on the list of American calamities. The tragedy is among the most documented of natural disasters, its immediate aftermath captured by some truly pioneering photographers. Their images provide a grim record of the power an earthquake can unleash, and serve as a reminder that San Francisco sits on one of the most dangerous and unpredictable fault lines on Earth—the San Andreas Fault. With scientists predicting the next "big one" as likely to strike the city before 2032, it's perhaps time to remind ourselves of what happened on the morning of April 18, 1906.

Click through the following gallery and be alarmed by the prospect.

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