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Old and new
In the San Francisco Financial District, buildings that survived the big earthquake stand side by side with ultra-modern high-rises. They serve as a reminder of the catastrophe that occurred a century ago.
Earthquake tour participants admire the x-shaped steel braces in the basement of the Central Tower. Thanks to these, the house built for the newspaper the Morning Call in 1898 withstood the earthquake.
Cracked, but standing
The small building at Second Street that houses Henry's cafeteria went through both earthquake and fire without a scratch. Its tall and narrow neighbor suffered worse--still standing, it has cracks all over the facade.