The Big One could leave 250,000-400,000 quake refugees in California. Where will they go? / by Shaun Evans

 People walk toward the Ferry Building on Market Street after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. (Library of Congress)

People walk toward the Ferry Building on Market Street after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. (Library of Congress)

When a catastrophic earthquake hits California, buildings will topple and potentially hundreds could be killed. But what gets less attention is the wrenching aftermath of such a huge temblor, which could leave whole neighborhoods torched by fires uninhabitable and hundreds of thousands of people without a home. Officials are grappling with where all these quake refugees would go.

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