This day marks a very important anniversary in American history. It was on this day in 1906 that a massive earthquake struck San Francisco. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.9. It is one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of the United States.
Possibly the most devastating part of the event was that after the earthquake, there was a massive fire that consumed most of the city. The fire was a result of wood burning stoves that had toppled over along with gas pipes that had ruptured during the quake.
The earthquake destroyed roughly 10,000 acres of land and took over 3,000 lives.
This event is important, because it reminds us that our civilization can quickly be toppled. The idea that we, as humans, will never be able to build anything that is perfect. We will never be able to top Mother Nature, or more importantly, we will never be able to top God.
In the end, this event should be seen as a learning experience, for it was after this event that big advances in architecture that would help prevent destruction of this magnitude.