This photograph shows a California Street in San Francisco after the earthquake. The Great Merchant's Exchange is on the left,and the Fairmount Hotel is in the distance.
ONE WITNESS SAID.... "A sound which might be compared to the mixed sounds of a strong wind rushing through a forest and the breaking of waves against a cliff. In less time than it takes to tell, a concussion, similar to that caused by the nearby explosion of a huge blast, shook the building to its foundations and it began a series of the most lively motions imaginable. Accompanied by a creaking, grinding, rasping sound, it was followed by tremendous crashes as the cornices of adjoining buildings and chimneys tottered to the ground" .