An 8.25 magnitude earthquake rocked San Francisco on this date in 1906 leading to three days of fires and at least 3,000 fatalities.

Salvation Army personnel established feeding stations and shelters throughout downtown San Francisco and into Oakland.

The earthquake also marked the first time The Salvation Army coordinated a major, nationwide fundraising effort in response to a disaster.
>> 30,000 individuals fed
>> 9,000 individuals sheltered
>> $15,000 donated (more than $300,000 in current dollars)

To read more about The Salvation Army’s response effort, click here for a link to our national blog.

Like they have every year for the last 105, San Franciscans woke up this morning to the sound of sirens at exactly 5:11 to mark the anniversary. Those gathered in front of Lottas Fountain in downtown San Francisco at that hour shared a moment of silence for Japan.

They also paid tribute to the nation that contributed the most financial resources (other than the US): Japan. All those years ago, it was Japan that sent $250,000 to help rebuild San Francisco. Click here to read more about today’s events to commemorate the anniversary.

While we remember the earthquake losses on our shores more than a hundred years ago, let’s keep praying for Japan.

:: Click here to read more about what The Salvation Army is doing to help survivors in Japan.

:: Click here for a link to The Salvation Army’s disaster services website.

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