I assigned a story to one of my students born in San Francisco, a report that was written by Jack London, “The Story of an Eyewitness”, special correspondent, Collier’s, the National Weekly, May 5, 1906. The earthquake occurred at 5:12 in the morning of April 18, 1906, magnitude 7.9.
My nana, born Nita Leonard, April 17, 1894, San Francisco, lived at 120 Church Street. The house her father built still stands. The fire stopped four blocks from the Leonard home.
Steinbrugge Collection of the UC Berkeley Earthquake Engineering Research Center