April 18, 1906
Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen South Dakota
DISASTROUS EARTHQUAKE ON PACIFIC COAST--MANY ARE KILLED
Chicago, April 18-The Scripps McRae Press Association secured the first direct
communication with San Francisco this morning, the correspondent saying: "The
greatest earthquake in history of the city. Scores of buildings are ruined. The
Lick House is wrecked and other hotels damaged. The loss of life is great.
Detailed information is unattainable on account of the panic stricken condition
of the people. The city is at the mercy of conflagrations."
Worst In History
San Francisco, April 18- A disastrous earthquake occurred this morning. The
Postal Telegraph Company's building is wrecked. Many houses are wrecked and many
ignited. The water mains are broken and the water supply shut off. Communication
At 5:10 this morning occurred the most terrific and
calamitous earthquake in the history of the Pacific coast. Buildings toppled and
fell in every direction. The police are carrying the dead from the ruins. Fire
broke out in the wholesale houses near the water front and in other localities,
and there is no water to fight it owing to the breaks in the mains. The city is
menaced by a conflagration.
At 7:30 communication by a single wire was restored to
Ashfork, Ariz, and Los Angeles. All power lines in the city are wrecked. The
Pacific cable is not damaged, but the loss of power has crippled the
communication. It is still dangerous to remains in office buildings.
It is reported that many hundreds were killed south of Market
street, where several disastrous fires are raging. There is no damage of a
serious nature or loss of life in the residence district.
The shock was felt as far south as Santa Barbara, but was not
felt at Los Angeles.
The fire is now within one block of the Palace Hotel, the
largest caravansary in the world.
MANY CONFLICTING RUMORS
The estimates of the number of dead vary. Reports are
confusing and conflicting, but it is believed that at least 2,000 persons are
dead. The reports centering at the police headquarters are appalling, but most
of them have been verified.
Application has been made to the United States government for
transports to take the bodies of the victims to be buried at sea. Many are so
mutilated that it is impossible to care for them ashore.
Cities across the bay from San Francisco were severely shaken
by the earthquake. The suburban fire departments are fighting many fires.
SHOCK AT SACRAMENTO
Ashforks, Ariz., April 18-It is reported that an earthquake
this morning at 7:55 killed several persons at Sacramento.
FELT AT WASHINGTON
Washington, April 18- The instruments of the weather bureau
recorded a slight earthquake here this morning. It was not noticed except by the
The war department was in communication with San Francisco
for two minutes this morning. The operator said the disaster was great, over
1,000 persons having been killed. A fire is raging.
COVERED FIFTY BLOCKS
Area Covered by Damage in San Francisco A Large One
New York, April 18-The Postal Telegraph Company is advised
that the area covered by the earthquake at San Francisco is about fifty blocks,
in which all the buildings were practically destroyed. The greatest damage done
was east and south of Market street to the bay. Many manufacturing enterprises
are located in this district. Trains were turned over on the rails by the
OVER THOUSAND DEAD
New Orleans, April 18-Southern Pacific wires say that over
1,000 persons are dead in San Francisco. The fire is spreading.
NOBODY HURT AT SACRAMENTO
Shock Was Severe But No Lives Were
Sacramento, Cal., April 18-The strongest earthquake shock in
fifteen years occurred in this city at 5:15 this morning, lasting three minutes.
The entire cit was awakened by the quake, and there was a panic in the hotels.
Several large cracks were made in the federal building foundations.
Communication was broken for three hours. There is no new from San Francisco.
WHOLE CITY IN DANGER
San Francisco Being Destroyed by Fire and
Repeated Earthquake Shocks-People Fleeing
Chicago, April 18-According to dispatches received here, the
entire city of San Francisco is being destroyed by fire and frequent
earthquakes. The flames are working toward the docks, unmolested.
From the highest elevation of San Jose, twenty-five miles
away, the city can be seen ablaze. At 11:43 it is estimated that 1,100 lives had
The last shock was felt at 8:17. The ferries are all engaged
in carrying people to Oakland and other places of safety. Thousands are fleeing
from the city in a panic. Many drop on the streets.
Western Union dispatches say that the Western Union and
Postal Telegraph buildings are destroyed. The Palace Hotel has been attacked by
the blaze. It is now estimated that 2,000 are dead.
A commercial dispatch says that the modern steel buildings
are not damaged, but the buildings of frame and brick are completely wrecked.