More than 3,000 people died and hundreds of thousands lost their homes. The earthquake and following fires destroyed much of San Francisco and caused billions of dollars of damage in today's dollars.
Survivors came to Lotta's Fountain to post notices, looking for family or friends amid the rubble. Every year the earthquake is remembered at the fountain with a ceremony. The last two remaining survivors of the earthquake passed away earlier this year, their families are expected to attend today's memorial. The recent victims of devastating quakes in Japan and Ecuador will also be honored.
From the fountain, a procession went to the golden fire hydrant in Dolores Park. It was the only working fire hydrant in the area and volunteer fire fighters used it to protect much of the Mission District.
Fire Chief spraying "little hydrant that could" gold in honor of 1906 earthquake pic.twitter.com/rVqzBwt9pJ— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) April 18, 2016
Wreath now laid at Lotta's Fountain in honor of SF earthquake and victims in Ecuador and Japan pic.twitter.com/Q6ddxseZAy— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) April 18, 2016
Following moment of silence and sirens, now song to commemorate San Francisco's earthquake. pic.twitter.com/ZPRGTcEIqy— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) April 18, 2016
Moment of silence at Lotta's Fountain to honor 110th anniversary of 1906 SF Earthquake. pic.twitter.com/QXFHVf5uIb— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) April 18, 2016
Three generations of Bill Del Monte's family at memorial this morning. He was last known SF quake survivor. pic.twitter.com/07LhNkDUED— Tiffany Wilson (@TWilsonTV) April 18, 2016