Survivors gather to remember 1906 San Francisco quake

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Monday, April 18, 2005

View of San Francisco after the quake

Monday marks the 99th anniversary of the "Great San Francisco Earthquake" of 1906. Survivors are becoming harder to find, but about a half-dozen of them gathered at Lotta's Fountain for a wreath-laying ceremony. Lotta's Fountain was the spot used after the earthquake as a collection point for information about victims, both family and friends.

Organizers of today’s event believe they can bring about 60 survivors to next year's centennial.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has agreed to change the original statistics of the quake, an estimate of 478 deaths. In time for the centennial, the officially reported number will be revised to account for the some 3 to 6 thousand people who died.