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House damaged by earthquake

Men, women, and children in front of a house damaged during the 1906 earthquake. The building leans to one side.
1906
Photographic Print
House damaged by earthquake, 1906; San Francisco Subjects Photography collection - Earthquake (1906). PC-GS; California Historical Society.

In 1906, San Francisco was the site of one of the biggest earthquakes in California’s history. A fire broke out just after the earthquake. The destruction of both the earthquake and the fire left many people homeless. Can you think of examples of what people do when their homes are destroyed due to fires, floods, earthquakes, or other disasters?

In 1906, San Francisco was the site of one of the biggest earthquakes in California history. The earthquake, and the fire that followed it, caused major damage to the city. Many residents were homeless. Communication with loved ones was limited during this time.

The caption on this photograph, “House Damaged by Earthquake,” focuses our attention on the destruction of the city. People lost homes, jobs, and places to buy goods. Rebuilding after this kind of disaster would take years. Students may make connections between this image and the broader question, Why do people move? This kind of environmental devastation served as a push factor, causing many residents to seek new housing.

House damaged by earthquake 1906