San Francisco QuakeThen and Now

San Francisco Earthquake
<< Previous   6 of 6    
Contrasting visions of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill show the near-total destruction caused by the 1906 earthquake (top) and the chockablock homes and apartment buildings that crowd the area today (bottom).

At least 3,000 people were killed in the wake of the 1906 quake, and some 225,000 were left homeless, out of a population of 400,000.

Since then the population of San Francisco has nearly doubled, and some experts estimate that a major quake today could leave as many as half a million people homeless.
—Top photograph courtesy Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; bottom photograph ) 2005 Mark Klett, with Michael Lundgren
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.