April 20, 2006 Soon after the San Francisco earthquake and fires of 1906, actors in New York City recorded a dramatic reenactment of the disaster on wax cylinders. This "audio theater," called The Destruction of San Francisco, lasted just two minutes but captured the horrors of the catastrophe.
April 18, 2006 Scientists say a great earthquake could hit the San Francisco area in the next 30 years. But many residents prefer to live in denial. Commentator Louise Rafkin talked to her friends and neighbors for an understanding of how people balance everyday danger with everyday life.
April 18, 2006 Little was known about the San Andreas fault before a massive earthquake struck San Francisco in 1906. But that changed when a team of scientists mapped the fault and produced a report that gave birth to modern earthquake science.
April 18, 2006 A hundred years ago, much of San Francisco lay shattered, and much of the rest was ablaze. Hundreds of thousands struggled with shock and grief and the urgent business of survival. The great quake and fire are still the defining events of the city's history.
April 17, 2006 The San Franciso quake of 1906 killed more than 3,000 people and sent tens of thousands on the run. Many of those were children, paired off with siblings, to find their way to safety. On the 100th anniversary of the quake, through letters and oral histories, a look at what the experience was like for those children.
April 11, 2006 One hundred years ago, a 7.8-magnitude quake and rapidly spreading fires dealt San Francisco a stunning blow. Those events are remembered through grainy photos, local legends and survivors' letters.
This silent film of the aftermath of the 1906 disaster is part of the Library of Congress' National Film Registry, a collection of historically and culturally significant works designated for preservation.