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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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In The Shantytowns Of Buenos Aires, Proof That Neighbors Function Better Than Cities

Residents of the most disadvantaged peripheries of the Argentine capital are pushed to collaborate in the absence of municipal support. They build homes and create services that should be public. It is both admirable, and deplorable.

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A resident of Villa Palito, La Matanza, stands at their gate. August 21, 2020, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Guillermo Tella


BUENOS AIRES – In Argentina, the increasing urgency of the urban poor's housing and public services needs has starkly revealed an absence of municipal policies, which may even be deliberate.

With urban development, local administrations seem dazzled, or blinded, by the city center's lights. Thus they select and strengthen mechanisms that heighten zonal and social inequalities, forcing the less-well-off to live "on the edge" and "behind" in all senses of these words. Likewise, territorial interventions by social actors have both a symbolic and material impact, particularly on marginal or "frontier" zones that are the focus of viewpoints about living "inside," "outside" or "behind."

The center and the periphery produce very different social perceptions. Living on the periphery is to live "behind," in an inevitable state of marginality. The periphery is a complex system of inequalities in terms of housing provision, infrastructures, facilities and transport.

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