One hundred and seven years ago today, the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, one of the nation’s most significant catastrophes, devastated our city. San Franciscans came together as a community to recover and rebuild the San Francisco that we know and love today. Read More
Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers. As we gather with relatives and people we call family to express gratitude for those lovely elements of life that get us through the other 99 percent, there is something to be thankful for even in the world of local politics. Recently, I found a new link on the San Francisco government website: the Board of Supervisors’ meeting minutes from 1906 until the present. Read More
Evoking the firestorm that devoured San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, a state regulator suggested Thursday that replacement of old cast-iron natural gas lines is being halted by city street-paving guidelines, leaving 43 miles of dangerously unsafe pipes underground. Read More
Proponents of a November ballot measure to study the overhaul of San Francisco’s water supply remained unsatisfied Tuesday morning when a Superior Court judge declined to alter the proposition’s wording. Read More
On the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, research seismologist Walter D. Mooney, who's based in Menlo Park at the U.S. Geological Survey, talks about what scientists have learned from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Read More
It was 5:13 a.m. 105 years ago when the earthquake stuck San Francisco.
The shaking lasted for 40 seconds, but the damage, and memories, extended much past that time.
Click on the photo to the right to see historical photos from after the earthquake.
The 8.3 temblor is now known as the 1906 earthquake, and it is still one of the worst disasters to hit San Francisco. Read More
The 102-foot-wide skylit dome that caps the bustling Westfield San Francisco Centre between Fourth and Fifth streets turns 100 years old Wednesday.
One of the few remaining relics of the shopping area’s storied past, the dome once covered the popular Emporium, which in the Roaring ’20s became one of San Francisco’s most popular destinations with its nightly concerts and Christmas celebrations. Read More