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San Francisco Earthquake & Fire: April 18, 1906 (1906)

Footage of the aftermath of the great San Francisco earthquake, which struck on the morning of April 18, 1906, destroying a large part of the city.
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Footage of the aftermath of the great San Francisco earthquake, which struck on the morning of April 18, 1906, destroying a large part of the city.

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Historic register of a natural disaster
2 June 2014 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Here's an important and saddening newsreel register of one of the worst American disasters of all time, the earthquake that devastated San Francisco in 1906, a panorama of horror and destruction that caused 3000 casualties and more than half of the city being burned down, shattered and destroyed not only by the terrible tremors but also due to many subsequent fires resulted from it.

The images can't be compared to many of the disasters we see on the news these days (like the one that happened in 1989, widely shown on TV interrupting a sports event) but we can get a sense of how dramatic the situation was , with many constructions torn apart and some still on fire and smoke; you don't get to see corpses or horrific images but you can feel the desperation the many survivors faced while getting transfered to safer part of town, transported by a ferry boat. Truly haunting. Available through the Library of Congress and their YouTube channel. 6/10


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USA

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1906 (USA) See more »

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Землетрясение и пожар в Сан-Франциско: 18 апреля, 1906 года See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA

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