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The Great Shake: San Francisco 1906
page 3 of 10, Exploratorium


A few blocks away, in a luxurious suite in the Palace Hotel, the world's greatest tenor, Enrico Caruso, was asleep after a bravura performance at the Opera House the night before. He awoke to find:
 
Everything in the
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room was going round and

round. The chandelier was trying to touch the ceiling and the chairs were all chasing each other. Crash-crash-crash! It was a terrible scene. Everywhere the walls were falling and clouds of yellow dust were rising. My God, I thought it would never stop!"

 



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Photo credit: The Museum of the City of San Francisco,
photos of the 1906 earthquake