Apropos the recent quakes in Japan and Ecuador, today is the 110th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake and fire.
At New Historian, Daryl Worthington concisely summarizes the 1906 tragedy:
At 5:12 am on the morning of 18th April 1906, the first foreshock of the Great San Francisco Earthquake was felt around the Golden City. The powerful precursor shook most of the Bay area, stirring the city’s inhabitants, but it was nothing compared to what immediately followed. Around 25 seconds later the main earthquake struck. …
You can read Worthington’s entire piece here: 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Leaves Half the City Homeless