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Just after 5 AM on April 18 1906 an earthquake measuring 83 on the Richter scale ripped through sleeping San Francisco toppling buildings exploding gas mains and trapping thousands of citizens beneath tons of stone broken wood and twisted metal Herds of cattle stampeded madly through the streets The air reverberated with the panicked screams of the doomed and dying Kurzman To some the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire was one of the most horrific events to take place in the twentieth century An estimated ten thousand people died in the disaster After the earthquake soldiers lined the streets with the order to shoot suspected looters These soldiers some drunk ended up shooting bayoneting or hanging in the street at least five hundred suspected looters Dolan By 1906 San Franciscos population had reached over 450000 people Most of these people were asleep on Wednesday April 18 at about 513 AM when the earthquake came The first shock lasted for about forty-seven seconds The second shock came at 518 followed by a third shock that came at 520 Two more shocks followed at 525 and 542 The next shock didnt come until 813 Eleven more shocks followed at 913 925 1049 1105 1203 1210 223 227 450 649 and 7 oclock The earthquake was felt from southern Oregon to south of Los Angeles and inland as far as central Nevada 9100 miles away in Gottingen Germany a recorded seismogram showed the ground in Germany moved as a result of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake After the quake a 290 mile crack was left along the San Andreas Fault Offsets in the fault ranged anywhere from eight to twenty eight feet The ground was moving at a speed of about three miles per hour USGS John Farish a mining engineer who was staying at the St Francis one of the citys finest hotels said the following I was awakened by a loud rumbling
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