Firefighters extinguish fire in the Marina District in San Francisco October 21. 1989 after a quake erupted October 17 in the city, killing an estimated 273 people and doing USD 1 billion-worth of damage. It was 5.04 pm local time when the earthquake, measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale, struck. Homes and offices were wrecked, fires broke out and vital service were cut off. Most of the deaths came when a half-mile part of the double-decker Interstate 880 highway collapsed, crushing vehicles on the lower deck. The last major earthquake hit San Francisco in 1906, when 2000 people died. (JONATHAN NOUROK/AFP/Getty Images)
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