Earthquake in San Francisco - It was on this day, April 18, in the year 1906 that a major 7.8 earthquake hit San Francisco. The event led to a "Perfect Storm" of a disaster. The earthquake destroyed a large number of buildings in the city. The earthquake also broke natural gas lines, which led to fires which burned for four days.
Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906 >>>> The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18. Devastating fires broke out in the city that lasted for several days. As a result, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed.