A Crack in the Edge of the World

Download Audio

Ninety-nine years ago this spring, an eon of geological tension exploded under San Francisco. In a matter of minutes, America's gold rush city was shaken to bits. Then came the fire. When the Great California Earthquake of 1906 was over, the queen city of America's western shore was in ruins.

In 2003, British author and geologist Simon Winchester wrote of the epic volcanic explosion of Krakatoa. Now he's taking us back to the great turn-of-another-century American disaster. He's reminding us of how Americans responded then, compared to now. And warning it will happen again.

Hear a conversation with author Simon Winchester about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


Simon Winchester, best-selling author. His new book is "A Crack in The Edge of The World: American and The Great California Earthquake."

This program aired on October 14, 2005.


More from On Point

Listen Live