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San Francisco marks quake anniversary

Early morning sirens noted 105th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) | April 18, 2011


"his year, we are commemorating the survivors of the Japanese earthquake and what they are doing similarly to what our forefathers did, which is rebuild out of the ashes"

—Lee Houskeeper


Sirens sounded in San Francisco at 5:11 a.m. Monday to mark the 105th anniversary of the city's great earthquake.

At Lotta's Fountain downtown, where people gathered during the 1906 disaster to look for loved ones, Mayor Ed Lee, interim Police Chief Jeff Godown and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White led a moment of silence, KGO-TV reported.

They were joined by one of the three living survivors, who was three months old in 1906.

Lee took the occasion to call for the public to prepare for future quakes.

The moment of silence also recognized the recent earthquake in Japan, which raised funds to aid San Francisco in 1906.

No country donated more, Charles Fracchia of the California Historical Society told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross collected donations for Japan relief at the event.

"This year, we are commemorating the survivors of the Japanese earthquake and what they are doing similarly to what our forefathers did, which is rebuild out of the ashes," said organizer Lee Houskeeper.

Bay Area residents already have donated millions of dollars to Japan.

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