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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 was the worst disaster to ever hit the city, and one of the worst disasters the U.S. has ever faced. The city was almost completely destroyed, and it took years to recover. But in Chinatown, where the city’s poorest citizens lived, the destruction was complete. Between the earthquake itself and the destruction caused in trying to recover, not one building was left standing.
Into the rubble go the children of Chinese immigrants, going home to try to pick up the pieces and find their families. But the earthquake did more than just destroy buildings and take lives — it released something that was trapped. Something evil and angry. Something that wants revenge.
If you want to learn more about the San Francisco earthquake, and the architectural style that rose from the rubble, listen to this great episode of 99 Percent Invisible.