Anniversary of San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake

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105 years ago today, at 5:12 a.m. in the morning, San Francisco got hit by “the big one”. The devastation is well documented here. The earthquake was bad, but the fires afterwards did most of the damage – a bad combination of broken gas pipelines causing fires, and most fire hydrants not working because of the broken water pipelines.

Just around the corner from my home is one hydrant that DID work. Because of this hydrant, refugees in Dolores Park were safe, and houses beyond this point were protected from the inferno, so the neighborhoods have lots of houses from before 1906. More details here. Nicknamed “the golden hydrant”, it gets a new layer of gold paint, and some flowers, in a ceremony at 5.12am every year on this day.

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  1. Neil Rashbrook
    19 Apr 2011 @ 04:35:57

    Any truth to the rumour that some people deliberately burned down their houses because they only had fire insurance?


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