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In Photos: The Great San Francisco Earthquake

Demolished Home

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A woman looks at a house that was reduced to rubble.

In Shambles

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The Stanford University Library building suffered extreme damage from the major earthquake, shown in this photo taken April 21, 1906.

Through the Rubble

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People walk through the rubble.

Tragic End

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Horses were killed by a collapsed building wall.

Disproportions

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A view of Market Street between Main and Beale. The original caption read "8 foot basement after quake. 18 inch pump forced through walk."

Mangled Mess

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Shown above is the interior of the earthquake- and fire-wrecked building at the corner of Taylor Street and Geary Street. April 20, 1906.

Total Destruction

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Collapsed buildings, rubble and wreckage dominated the city.

Refugee Camps

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Refugee camps, such as this one in Jefferson Square, were set up throughout the city for those displaced by the earthquake and fire.

Adding Injury to Insult

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From a hill overlooking downtown San Francisco, residents watched the fire that swept through the city shortly after the 1906 earthquake.