The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

American History Hit

45 seconds. An estimated 7.9 on today’s Richter scale. The deadliest earthquake in US history.

In this episode, we’re examining the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. What happened? Why were this earthquake and the fires it caused so disastrous? And who did this seemingly indiscriminate force of nature hit the hardest?

Don is joined by Joanna Dyl, an environmental historian at Pomona College and author of ‘Seismic City: An Environmental History of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake’.

Produced by Sophie Gee. Edited by Siobhan Dale. Senior Producer was Charlotte Long.

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