San Francisco earthquake and fire, looking toward the Ferry Building, 1906. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.
A career highlight of my time at the San Francisco Chronicle was Oct. 18, 1989, and the 7.1 Loma Prieta Earthquake. (The dead count was later revised to about 70.) We produced a couple days of papers with no electricity, but a portable generator powering the Art department's Macintosh computers. The Bay Bridge between work and my home in the East Bay was knocked out.