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Stanford University - 1906 Damage

The 1906 earthquake caused widespread destruction throughout much of Northern California, including Stanford University in Palo Alto.

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This photo shows Memorial Church at Stanford University following the 1906 earthquake.


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This photo shows the library at Stanford University following the 1906 earthquake.


The earthquake was felt as far away as Oregon and central Nevada.  Strong shaking was experienced as far north as Eureka and as far south as King City.  The San Andreas Fault ruptured along a length of almost 300 miles, from San Juan Bautista to Shelter Cove (south of Eureka), with maximum surface offsets as much as 28 feet (for comparison, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake ruptured a length of about 25 miles and never broke through to the surface).

Learn more about the 1906 earthquake at the USGS 1906 earthquake Web site, through the Virtual Museum of the City of San Francisco External link - link policy applies, or at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory External link - link policy applies.

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