A view of San Francisco in the aftermath of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and some of the buildings that survived. At 5.12 on Wednesday April 18th an earthquake thought to be of a magnitude of 7.9 magnitude ruptured across the San Andreas fault. It was one of the worst natural disasters in the USA with a death toll of over 3000 people, although hundred of deaths in Chinatown went ignored and unrecorded. 300,000 were left homeless out of a population of 410,000. The earthquake changed the future of San Francisco which had been the capital of the western United States with its largest population. After the earthquake the main city in California, and the west then moved to Los Angeles.
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