1906 San Francisco Earthquake

In 1906

ID Info

On April 18, 1906 the biggest event in San Francisco happened. An earthquake had destroyed 80% of the city. it was located at the San Francisco Bay area and its longitude and latitude was 37.75 degrees North and 122.55 degrees West. The closest country was the United Sates.

Event Information

The San Andreas Fault was the only boundary the was effected by the massive earthquake. On the day of April 18, 1906 a massive earthquake reaching up to 8.3 magnitude hit the city of San Francisco Bay at 5:12 A.M. It had lasted about 45 to a minute and then it was over and done with. It destroyed about 500 city blocks. The damages were estimated at about $400,000,000 in 1906 dollars, which would translate to about $8.2 billion today. The earthquake also caused several fires in the city.

Some photos of the damage

Eruption History


On Oct. 17, 1989 at 5:04 p.m. at the height of the rush hour, another earthquake struct the city once again. No one knew it was coming or it was going to happen only 83 years later. Property damage was estimated at $6 billion dollars, making this the costliest natural disaster to that date. But seismologists said this was not the major earthquake feared by all.