Crowds gathered early Friday in San Francisco - as they have done every year for 108 years - to remember the great quake of 1906.
Children and grownups gathered at 5 a.m. around Lotta's Fountain to lay a wreath and sound sirens remembering the moment the quake struck.
The gold-painted fountain on Market Street served as a meeting point during the earthquake and its aftermath.
The early 20th century earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906 in San Francisco, leading to a devastating fires that lasted for several days. In the end, about 3,000 people died and more than 80 percent of San Francisco was destroyed. It is remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States.