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San Francisco Earthquake & Fire of 1906

1906, A City Remembers

A special TV presentation commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. Survivors of the "Great quake" all in their hundreds, share their vivid memories of the terrifying morning of April 18th, 1906. Highlights include archival footage of the destruction caused by the quake, rebuilding efforts and the resilence of the people.

April 18, 1906, 5:16 am[sound recording]

History of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the resulting fire, compiled from interviews with the survivors, newspaper accounts, interspersed with cuts from recordings of the songs popular in 1906. Pacific Tape Library, [198?]

Natural Disaster Films, 1905-1973

Features film footage and newsreels detailing damage by earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes, mostly within the United States in the 20th century. Contents: 1936 Pittsburgh flood (Part II - Part 1 missing) (1936, 2:49, silent) -- Trip down Market Street before the fire (1906, 13:52, silent): A car ride down San Francisco's main street before the great earthquake destroyed it -- Cataclysm: volcano, tidal waves devastate Pacific Area (1960, 1:44): Tidal waves hitting Hawaii and California. -- Earthquake (1973, 26:45): Aftermath of 1971 San Fernando Valley earthquake.

The City That Waits to Die

An alert from scientists concerned with a catastrophic fate for San Francisco based on earthquake conditions presented by the San Andreas fault. Film contains scenes of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and earthquakes in Japan, in Caracas, Venezuela, and in Anchorage, Alaska. Seismologists explain current efforts to predict, control and prevent earthquakes. 1971. 47 min.

The Great San Francisco Earthquake.

The amazing resources of the human spirit in the face of adversity were demonstrated by the diverse population of San Francisco during and after the April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire which struck with 12,000 times the force of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Although 3000 lives were lost and 6 1/2 billion bricks were dumped after the earthquake, the indomitable pioneer spirit prevailed as the city was rebuilt in three years. Four years later San Francisco hosted the 1915 World's Fair with a sense of triumph and invincibility. c1988. 58 min. ;