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The 5 Most Horrific Tragedies And Natural Disasters In San Francisco’s History

Yes, the nature here in San Francisco is downright incredible, and the people, well, we like to think we’re pretty fun, peace-loving spirits. But it doesn’t mean this city hasn’t been immune to some of the country’s most horrific tragedies and natural disasters. Of course, we’re surrounded by some very precarious fault lines—perhaps why this land is so dang breathtaking to begin with—and we’ve had to contend with some of Mother Nature’s most powerful shakeups. And then there are the human-caused tragedies, ones that have shaken up our psyches in a whole other manner.

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Stephanie Garr
Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. When she's not tapping at a keyboard, she can be found leading groups on gourmet chocolate walking tours (best job ever) or running the many lovely hills and stairs of the city (to burn off all that chocolate, of course). She also runs a travel blog with her husband at Big & Small Travel (