The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: The Largest In Continental U.S. History

By Karen Harris
More than 28,000 buildings were destroyed. (britannica.com)

On this day, 114 years ago, the residents of San Francisco were jolted out of their beds in the early morning hours by the biggest earthquake in the history of the continental United States. By the time it—and the raging fires it caused—finished its rampage, more than 3,000 people were dead and about 80% of San Francisco was in ruins. It remains one of the United States' worst natural disasters to this day. Let’s take a closer look at the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.