Iconic Photos From History Explained


A woman stands near a ground rupture in Marin County, the result of the 1906 San Francisco

These snapshots not only offer a look into the dark recesses of every day life, but they show the way in which Mother Nature seems to be conspiring against us at every turn.

These rarely seen photos are sure to shock even most readers. You'll want to make sure you keep the lights on while you peruse these eerie photographs from some of the most spine tingling moments in history.

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When we think of earthquakes we think of buildings falling, bridges crumbling, and hiding beneath tables, but we rarely think of the very real toll taken on the earth itself when fault lines shake the planet.

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, Californians living in the San Francisco Bay area were awoken by a foreshock to one of the most intense and destructive earthquakes of the 20th century. 25 seconds later violent shocks ripped out across Marin County, lasting anywhere between 45 and 60 seconds.

Felt from southern Oregon to Los Angeles, this quake not only destroyed portions of San Francisco, but created a 296 mile rupture straight down the San Andreas fault from northwest of San Juan Bautista to Cape Mendocino.