More than 250 artifacts and photographs make this show the largest in California dedicated to the centennial of the earthshaking events of 18 April 1906.
Mission Street: San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906
Photo courtesy of Oakland Museum of California
Aftershock! focuses on the earthquake’s impact on the people living in the Bay Area a century ago. The 7.8-magnitude quake cut a swath of destruction from Santa Rosa to San Jose, displacing 200,000 people in San Francisco alone. The quake and three-day fire wiped out three-fifths of the city’s housing, as well as its municipal buildings and landmarks. Overnight, the financial capital of the West was in ruins. Areas founded on swamps and landfill were the hardest hit. An estimated 3,000 people perished in the fire and quake, some in cheap lodgings that collapsed as they slept.
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