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This Happened - April 18: An Earthquake Hits San Francisco

An earthquake hit San Francisco and its surrounding areas in California this day in 1906. The earthquake, which was caused by the movement of tectonic plates along the San Andreas Fault, was one of the most powerful in American history.

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How many people were killed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire caused widespread devastation and loss of life. More than 3,000 people were killed, and thousands more were injured. The earthquake also caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure in the city, and it resulted in the displacement of tens of thousands of people.

What was the cause of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was caused by the movement of tectonic plates along the San Andreas Fault, a major geological feature in California. The fault runs for hundreds of miles along the coast of California and is known for producing large earthquakes.

How has the city of San Francisco changed since the 1906 earthquake?

Since the earthquake and fire, the city of San Francisco has undergone significant changes and development. The disaster prompted a massive rebuilding effort, and the city was quickly rebuilt with new buildings and infrastructure. Today, San Francisco is a major center of business, culture, and technology, with a thriving economy and diverse population. However, the threat of earthquakes and other natural disasters remains a concern, and the city continues to take steps to mitigate these risks.

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Lifting The Curtain: Bolshoi Ballet Admits Pro-Putin Censorship

Censoring art because of creators' political views is nothing new in Russia — but it's rarely acknowledged. Now, the director of the Bolshoi ballet is saying the quiet part aloud.

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A production of War and Peace at the Bolshoi Theatre


MOSCOW — Vladimir Urin, the General Director of Russia's iconic Bolshoi Theater, has admitted to censoring the theater’s repertoire for political reasons.

In a rare revelation, Urin disclosed that creators of performances who publicly criticized the invasion of Ukraine had their names removed from the Bolshoi Theater's promotional materials. The admission marks a significant departure from the usual practice of Russian theaters, where such censorship is typically concealed.

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In an interview with the Russian state-published newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta, Urin stated, "When certain creators of performances spoke unequivocally against the special military operation, their names were omitted from the posters."

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