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The San Francisco earthquake, which occurred 100 years ago on April 18, was one of the worst catastrophes in U.S. history. The financial damage, according to the National Geophysical Data Center, was $24 million in direct quake losses and $500 million in fire losses (which would be more than $10 billion today), and insured losses of $235 million at the time (equivalent to $4.9 billion in 2005 dollars).

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