Matthew Davenport: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906
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At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck San Francisco, catching most of the city asleep. For approximately one minute, shockwaves buckled streets, shattered water mains, collapsed buildings, crushed hundreds of residents to death and trapped many alive. For the next three days, fires ignited and nearly destroyed what was then the largest city in the American West.
Join us in-person as Matthew Davenport describes the massive devastation and combines history and science to tell the dramatic true story of one of the greatest disasters in American history.
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The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
Author, The Longest Minute: The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906
In Conversation with Julia Flynn Siler
Author; Journalist; California Book Award Juror; Twitter @jsilerauthor
11:30 a.m. doors open & check-in
12–1 p.m program
1 p.m. book signing
(all times PDT)
$45 members with a book
$55 nonmembers with a book