Learn more about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the science and history of earthquakes and the history of San Francisco at these Web sites.
The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire
This outstanding online exhibit from the University of California, Berkeley's Bancroft Library walks the visitor through five virtual "rooms" of photographs, other memorabilia, and descriptions of turn-of-the-century San Francisco, the earthquake, the fire, the aftermath and relief efforts, and reconstruction. The site features an interactive map of the city linked to many photographs of damage in locations throughout the city, as well as a 360-degree panorama of the ruined city constructed from a collage of individual photographs.
The Great Shake: San Francisco, 1906
This gripping narrative of the earthquake, from San Francisco's Exploratorium museum, features generous selections from firsthand accounts of the disaster and photographs of the damage. It covers the quake and the first three days of the aftermath.
The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
A site from the U.S. Geological Survey takes a detailed look at the geology and seismology of the earthquake, including a comparison with the seismogram of the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, as measured 5,600 miles away in Göttingen, Germany.
The Great 1906 Earthquake and Fire
This site from the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco includes a timeline of the quake and the first five days of the aftermath, a register of names of people affected by the earthquake, photographs, newspaper clippings, eyewitness accounts, and other documents.
In addition to the Bancroft Library, these three sites all offer excellent collections of photographs of earthquake damage:
Panoramic Photographs: San Francisco
Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire
Earthquake Hazards Program
San Francisco in Jell-O
During a quake, Bay area residents might well feel their environment is made out of Jell-O. San Francisco-based artist Elizabeth Hickok built a colorful model of the city entirely out of colored gelatin.
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