What Was the 1906 Earthquake Like If You Lived in Bernal Heights?

(Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a post Bernalwood first ran on this day five years ago)

Today is the 110th anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. So what was the big event like here in Bernal Heights?

It was blessedly uneventful, actually. Bernal itself suffered relatively little damage – thank you, chert! –  and the fires that ravaged much of the rest of the City never made it this far south. However, as you can see in the photo above, Bernal Hill provided an excellent vantage point for gawking at the disaster as it unfolded.

Later, parts of the neighborhood — most famously Precita Park — were used as encampments to shelter displaced City residents:

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To put all this in perspective, enjoy this video produced by Vicky Walker of the Bernal History Project. It tells the tale of what the Great Quake was like here in Bernal Heights:

PHOTOS: via Bernal History Project

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