The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake that struck San Francisco and the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906. The quake was epicentered two miles off shore near Daly City. Devastating fires broke out in San Francisco that lasted for several days. As a result of the quake and fires, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of San Francisco was destroyed.
The earthquake and resulting fire are remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States along with the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and Hurricane Katrina of 2005. The death toll from the SF earthquake and fire is the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California’s history.