"April 18, 1906--San Francisco was wrecked by a Great Earthquake at 5:13 a.m., and then destroyed by the seventh Great Fire that burned for four days" (Museum of the City of San Francisco).
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In 1913, Lubin filmed what may be the first fictional movie account of the San Francisco earthquake-- "When the Earth Trembled." It incorporated several scenes from their 1906 newsreel of the aftermath.
From Writing the Photoplay, Esenwein & Leeds, 1913, Theatre Talks collection
"Construction of a scene in the Lubin studio which took twenty men one month to make
and was destroyed in two seconds when the camera was turned on for a San Francisco earthquake scene."
used to illustrate the earthquake scene. "