- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials and residents held a moment of silence, as they gathered around a fountain in the early morning hours to mark the 109th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1G5zvxz) the crowd at Lotta’s Fountain observed a moment of silence as the clock struck 5:11 a.m. Saturday. Sirens on nearby fire engines and police cars went off soon after.

The fountain in downtown San Francisco was a meeting place for survivors following the quake, which killed 3,000 people.

Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr were among the city officials on hand for Saturday’s commemoration. They stressed the importance of being prepared for any future disaster.

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