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At 5:12 in the morning of April 18, 1906, a major earthquake hit San Francisco and the northern California coast in what is still today counted among the top three worst natural disasters in United States history, along with the Galveston Hurricane (1900) and Hurricane Katrina (2005). More than 3,000 people died in the quake and fires that erupted from broken gas mains and burned out of control in the damaged city, and more than 80% of San Francisco was destroyed. the death toll remains the largest death toll in the history of California. Refugee camps remained operating nearly three years later as ore than a quarter million people -- more than 60% of the total population -- were rendered homeless. It likely registered 7.9 with the epicenter two miles offshore, and it was felt from Los Angeles to Oregon on the coast and inland into Nevada.



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