Imagine being awakened early in the morning by the ground shaking so hard that you're thrown out of bed and across the room--if you're even lucky enough to be alive. On April 18, 1906, at 5:12 a.m., an earthquake hit San Francisco, destroying much of the city. San Francisco was a growing city with many closely spaced wooden homes and unsupported brick buildings. The moment the earthquake started, buildings collapsed, water mains broke, and a huge fire broke out that spread rapidly across the city. The San Francisco earthquake was centered along the San Andreas Fault and affected a huge area. It was felt all the way from Coos Bay, Oregon, to Los Angeles, California, and as far east as central Nevada.
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