1906 San Francisco earthquake

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Last Survivor of 1906 SF Earthquake Dies

Bill Del Monte was 3 months old when disaster struck

(Newser) - The last survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 has died, a relative confirmed Monday. William A. "Bill" Del Monte died at a retirement home in nearby Marin County on Monday. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of... More »

There's Only One 1906 SF Quake Survivor Left

Ruth Newman, who was 5 when massive temblor hit, has died at 113

(Newser) - Ruth Newman, thought to be one of two remaining survivors of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 that shook the city and the surrounding area, has died. She was 113. Newman was 5 years old when the quake struck, shaking her home in a Healdsburg ranch about 70 miles... More »

Bay Area's Next 'Big One' Might Not Be One

It's more likely to be a cluster of earthquakes: researchers

(Newser) - If you're a Californian living in fear of the inevitable next "Big One" to hit the San Francisco Bay Area, well, we're not sure if you'll find this comforting or not: A new study from USGS scientists finds that the next "Big One" is more... More »

East Coasters to West: Let Us Wallow in Terror, OK?

Let us keep feeling sorry for ourselves after earthquake: East Coasters

(Newser) - Dudes, get over yourselves. You East Coasters think you're all that with your 5.8 shakers, but we eat those for breakfast, man. Like, "welcome to our world," tweeted San Francisco traffic guy Sal Castaneda, representing a horde of more-earthquake-than-thou Californians. But as Gawker responded: "Hey,... More »

SF Jolted on Big Quake Anniversary

Nobody injured by 3.7 quake 105 years after city flattened

(Newser) - The San Francisco area was jolted by a small earthquake on the 105th anniversary of the 1906 quake that killed thousands and leveled much of the city. Nobody was injured by yesterday's 3.7 magnitude quake, but thousands of homes lost power for close to an hour, the San ... More »

Stark Scenes of 1906 'Frisco Quake Debut

Smithsonian volunteer uncovers six previously unpublished photos

(Newser) - For the first time, history buffs can view the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake in true color photographs. The Smithsonian Institution has uncovered a set of six photos taken after the earthquake that appear to be not only the first color photos of the ruins, but the first... More »

World's Most Legendary Bars

(Newser) - Even the most enjoyable vacation can leave you in need of a drink, and bars make great, offbeat places to learn about the history of your destination. The staff of VirtualTourist.com shares its favorite legendary watering holes with Reuters:
  • Harry’s Bar, Venice: Famed Hemingway haunt claims to have
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Stanford Dig Combines Sleuthing, Classwork

Students look into why '06 quake toppled gym

(Newser) - Stanford University has found a way to give archeology students valuable excavation experience without leaving campus, Bloomberg reports, and hopes to find out why an enormous gymnasium couldn't withstand the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The gym was intended as a signature building for the young school. "They thought if... More »

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