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What fault caused the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?

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At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings. read more

San Francisco lies directly on top of the fault and was struck by the large 1906 earthquake, estimated to be of magnitude 7.8 on the Richter scale (USGS; other estimates of magnitude vary). The earthquake caused a tear in the landscape which was visible over 300 km and vertical displacement in places was almost a meter. read more

San Francisco City Hall after the 1906 Earthquake. (from Steinbrugge Collection of the UC Berkeley Earthquake Engineering Research Center) The California earthquake of April 18, 1906 ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. read more

On April 18, 1906, an earthquake and subsequent fires devastated San Francisco, California, leaving more than 3,000 people dead and destroying more than 28,000 buildings. The quake ruptured the San Andreas fault to the north and south of the city, for a total of 296 miles, and could be felt from southern Oregon to Los Angeles and inland to central Nevada. read more

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