National Geographic : 1966 May
California, the Golden Magnet "Even I can't resist them," Ernie confided sheepishly. "When I see one in a restaurant, I've got to know what's inside-even if I wrote it myself. But what kind of a fool would I look like, opening a fortune cookie, when everybody knows the business I'm in?" I asked how he solved the problem, and Ernie blushed. "I usually go with friends," he said. "They open my cookie for me, and then pass the fortune under the table." Fortune and its companion, disaster, are old acquaintances of the city beside San Fran cisco Bay. Many San Franciscans remember, and all are aware of, the horror that overtook their city one morning 60 years ago. At 5:13 a.m. on April 18, 1906, the great San Andreas Fault, running roughly north and south be neath San Francisco Bay, split for a distance of some 270 miles, loosing a series of jack hammer blows at San Francisco and neigh boring towns. Shock and Fire Level a City The blows themselves lasted less than a minute, but as with many major shocks in populated areas, fire took up where the heav ing earth left off. The price to San Francis cans after days of anguish was some 700 lives lost and roughly half their city demolished. T- UPI/ pp-lT t RV NAM-q R Rl AI. KnnA HRnMF RV TOM MYFRS(n N.G.S.