The United States Geological Survey (USGS) offers a host of earthquake information, but this portion of their website focuses on the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, which was not only the worst in United States history, but also "revealed the existence and significance of the San Andreas fault to earth scientists...[and] gave birth to the science of earthquakes." Visitors can "view" the 1906 earthquake from several perspectives on this interactive site. Clicking on "Read more" in each section will lead visitors to the several files available. The section entitled Global Geologic Setting of the 1906 Earthquake allows visitors to download several KMZ files on the plate tectonics "situation" around the San Andreas fault that set the stage for the earthquake. The section entitled "Historic Photographs of the 1906 Earthquake" informs the visitor that the earthquake was the first natural disaster to be well-documented by photographs, and that UC Berkley holds the largest collection of such photos, numbering in the thousands. This USGS site has 73 photos available on their site, and they include subjects such as fault rupture, shaking damage, landslides, and ground failure. Finally, the site also includes links to other collections of photos of the 1906 earthquake.


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