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San Francisco earthquake and fire

By BRAD EDMONDSON
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Almost all of the city's 400,000 residents were asleep when the quake hit at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906. By the time the fires burned out three days later, 3,000 were dead and 225,000 were homeless.

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Relief was plentiful and extremely well-planned. Soldiers were patrolling the streets three hours after the shaking stopped, and the first train of supplies from Los Angeles arrived at eleven o'clock that night.

At the height of the fire, 20,000 San Franciscans were evacuated by sea. Very few left the city permanently: In 1910, San Francisco's population had increased to 412,000.

Date: Sept. 15, 2005

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