The Big One Is Coming

While we in Vancouver await what the experts tell us is the certainty of “the big one”, time to remember that 110 years ago today, the great city of San Francisco was laid waste by an earthquake and fire.

Sacramento Street, from Nob Hill, with the Ferry Building at foot. (National Archives)

Sacramento Street, from Nob Hill, with the Ferry Building at foot. (National Archives)

Nearly 500 city blocks were flattened and more than 25,000 buildings destroyed. At that time, San Francisco was home to 400,000 residents, of whom 250,000 were left homeless.

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