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Topics in Chronicling America - The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

Horrific shrieks of pain and grief pervade San Francisco as the most violent earthquake in modern history slams the city in the early morning hours of April 18, 1906. EARTHQUAKES DEAD MAY NUMBER 3,000; FIRE IS NOW RAGING, screamed the Final edition of the New York Evening World. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

Picture of the earthquake's devastation

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Important Dates:

  • April 18, 1906. Earthquake occurs 5:12-5:13 a.m.; fires begin; many aftershocks occur.
  • April 19, 1906. Fires continue; San Francisco newspapers, Call, Chronicle, and Examiner print a combined newspaper on the presses of the Oakland Tribune.
  • April 20, 1906. Fires continue.
  • April 21, 1906. Fires end.
  • April 22, 1906. Rebuilding efforts widely announced.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] San Francisco, earthquake

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