S.F. Bay Area — California
1906 San Francisco Earthquake
San Francisco 1906 Earthquake
April 18, 1906
Downtown San Francisco.
The force of the earthquake was felt throughout
the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond — some say as far
7.9 - 8.3
San Andreas Fault
Scientists concluded that most of the shaking energy came from
two separate areas on the fault — one between Point Reyes
Ross to the north and the second on the San Francisco Peninsula
to the south.
— a City Landmark
Following the 1906 Earthquake, 5,610 shacks were built for earthquake
refugees. They had no toilets, kitchens or insulation. After the
city closed the refugee camps in late 1907, most shacks began a
second life as starter homes or building blocks.
Three of these earthquake shacks were combined
at 1227 24th Avenue in the Sunset Disctrict to form a small home
that is now a city landmark. An additional shack sits at the rear
of the lot.
April 18, 2006
marked the 100-year anniversary of The Great San Francisco Earthquake
and Fire. Today,
it still ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes
of all time.
"EarthQuake: Life on a Dynamic Planet" exhibit opened at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on May 26, 2012 and will run thru' 2014.
Experience 30 seconds of the 90-second big 1906 San Francisco quake (and the '89 Loma Prieta quake) inside the exhibit's earthquake simulator — fun for kids and adults alike!
Oldest Surviving Monument
During the 1906 Earthquake,
Lotta's Fountain became a famous meeting
place for families and survivors. The San Francisco landmark is
located on the corner of Kearny and Market streets.
Our Favorite "San Francisco
1906 Earthquake" Movie
"San Francisco" (1936)
by Director W.S. Van Dyke
Francisco" is one of our
all-time favorite movies. It
Gable, Jeannette MacDonald and Spencer
The MGM musical features the famous SF song "San
Francisco," which became one of two official city
songs on May 15, 1984.
The movie is shown every April 18th at the Balboa
Theater in San Francisco in commemoration of the 1906 San Francisco