On April 18, 1906, San Francisco was shaken by a powerful earthquake that was followed by a devastating ﬁre. To understand the scope of the disaster, newspapers are perhaps the best primary sources of information because they provide immediate eyewitness accounts of the events. While newspapers of that era were never completely accurate, survivors and their descendants certainly have validated the intense emotions of those who lived through this extraordinary part of history.
LOSS IS $200,000! This was a gross underestimate: the losses actually totaled $400 million, the equivalent of about $6.5 billion in today’s dollars.