September 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm (Willis Family)

It happened in a roar. Instanteously. Walls collapsed; people screamed; dust and smoke choked the air. Firemen did their best to save the injured and extricate the dead. Hospitals and mortuaries filled up. Over 3,000 people died.

It could have occurred in New York in 2001. It did. It also devastated San Francisco in 1906. Both cities, its families living and dead, bear scars, not just lifelong ones, but ones that get passed on by generations.

In “The Willis Family and the San Francisco Earthquake,” I have sought to remember both.


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