That quake was nearly matched in intensity in San Francisco on April 18, 1906. That day, a 7.8 earthquake hit the city, killing 3,000 people and causing $524 million in property damage caused in part by fires spawned by the temblor.
Since the San Francisco devastation, the strongest earthquake to hit California occurred July 21, 1952 in Kern County. Twelve people were killed and there was $60 million in property damage.
Two years later, on Dec. 16, 1954, another earthquake registered 7.3. This time, it occurred at Fairview Peak near Apple Valley.
A 7.4 earthquake struck west of Eureka on Nov. 8, 1980, injuring six people and causing $2 million in property damage.