San Fran's Lessons for New Orleans

On the early morning of April 18, 1906, the ground heaved beneath San Francisco. The earthquake lasted for less than a minute, sheering facades off buildings, ripping houses from their foundations, and opening a rift in the ground 270 miles long and up to 21 feet deep. "It was as if the earth was slipping gently from under our feet," wrote one survivor. "Ahead of me a great cornice crushed a man as if he were a maggot."

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