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Charmian London's diaryAfter the San Francisco earthquake struck on the morning of April 18, 1906, Jack London and his wife Charmian traveled from Sonoma County to San Francisco and then to Oakland and Fort Bragg to record the devastation with both photos and words.
This April 18 entry from Charmian London's diary describes their experiences. The word "Earthquake" is scribbled in red above the date. "Mate and I spent night in burning streets," she wrote, referring to her husband. "Napped on doorstep till dawn."
Santa Rosa, which is located in Sonoma County about 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, suffered severe damage during the earthquake. In this photo, townspeople survey collapsed buildings downtown.