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Remembering The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake On April 18th

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Friday marks 108 years since the most devastating disaster in Bay Area history. Sirens wailed at 5:11 a.m. during the remembrance at Lotta’s Fountain at Geary, Kearny and Market streets, but the two remaining survivors now 108 and 112 years old were unable to show up this year.  Events continue around the city.

Below are select stories about the quake, the survivors, and the rebirth of San Francisco through the years.

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A man photographs the ruins of a building block in front of the remains of City Hall near Market and Seventh Streets after the Great Earthquake in San Francisco, California. The city hall which took 27 years to build at an estimated cost of $6 million, crumbled in less than 30 seconds during the quake. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1906 Earthquake Survivor Marks 108th Birthday, Gets Visit From SFPD Chief

San Francisco’s fire chief made a special lunch stop in Greenbrae Friday to visit one of the two known 1906 San Francisco earthquake survivors after he turned 108 years old earlier this week.

01/24/2014

Winnie Hook celebrates an anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. (SF Chronicle)

1906 SF Earthquake Survivor Winnie Hook Dies At 107

One of the three remaining known survivors of the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco passed away earlier this week.

06/14/2013

A man photographs the ruins of a building block in front of the remains of City Hall near Market and Seventh Streets after the Great Earthquake in San Francisco, California. The city hall which took 27 years to build at an estimated cost of $6 million, crumbled in less than 30 seconds during the quake. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

San Francisco Marks 107 Years Since 1906 Earthquake & Fire

One of the last three known remaining survivors of the catastrophic 1906 earthquake in San Francisco attended a special dinner Wednesday on the eve of the 107th anniversary of the disaster.

04/18/2013

A man photographs the ruins of a building block in front of the remains of City Hall near Market and Seventh Streets after the Great Earthquake in San Francisco, California. The city hall which took 27 years to build at an estimated cost of $6 million, crumbled in less than 30 seconds during the quake. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Construction Crew Unearths Ruins Of Old San Francisco City Hall Building Destroyed In ’06 Quake

Downtown construction crews have unearthed the massive foundations of the old San Francisco City Hall destroyed in the disastrous 1906 earthquake.

09/25/2012

A survivor from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake participates in the annual painting of a fire hydrant at 20th and Church St. which provided water to fight the fire after the big quake, April 18, 2012. (CBS)

3 Survivors On Hand For 106th Anniversary Of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Three of the four known survivors of the quake were in attendance at the annual ceremony to commemorate the 106th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.

04/18/2012

1906 Earthquake Survivor Rose Cliver

Oldest Known 1906 Quake Survivor Dies At 109

Family and friends gathered in downtown San Francisco Monday to mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Rose Cliver, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

02/20/2012

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Good Question: How Did Oakland Help Out In The 1906 Earthquake?

This city became a refuge following San Francisco’s darkest day. Keith asked this Good Question: How did Oakland help San Francisco after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire?

KPIX 5–04/18/2011

Ruins after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire. Three surviving structures in the Financial District are: at far left, the Kohl Building, in the center the Mills Building, both on Montgomery St., and at right the Merchants' Exchange Building on California Street. (sfmuseum.org)

San Francisco Marks 105th Anniversary of 1906 Earthquake

There are only three known survivors left from the devastating quake and ensuing fire that killed thousands. And only one of them – Bill DelMonte, who was just a few months old at the time – was able to make this year’s ceremony.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–04/18/2011

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