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The 1906 San Francisco earthquake

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On April 18, 1906, a massive earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.7 hit the city of San Francisco and much of California's northern coast. The earthquake and subsequent fires are thought to have killed 3,000 people, the biggest natural disaster in California's history. Ruins in vicinity of Post and Grant Avenue are seen in this 1906 photograph.

PHOTO: US National Archives

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