Will San Francisco survive its next big quake?
By Jessica Marshall (Image: Corbis) JUST before dawn on 18 April 1906, the ground shook for one long minute beneath the young city of San Francisco, home to one-quarter of America’s population west of the Rocky Mountains. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake rattled much of the west coast and was felt as far inland as Nevada. Together with the firestorm that followed, it devastated San Francisco. Some 3000 people died and at least 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were left homeless. The quake, with an epicentre about 3 kilometres offshore from San Francisco,