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Earthquake Exhibit at Now Open at State Capitol

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Earthquake Centennial Exhibit Opens at State Capitol

A year-long exhibit opened this morning at the State Capitol to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake and fire and Sacramento's role in giving aid to the disaster's victims.

Entitled "Rumors of Great Disaster," the exhibit features a 3-D film that looks at the 1906 earthquake and what it must have felt like. The title comes from the telegram President Theodore Roosevelt sent to Gov. George Pardee which is part of the display. "Hear rumors of great disaster through an earthquake in San Francisco but know nothing or the real facts," the message reads. "Call upon me for any assistance I can render."

Thousands of victims of the earthquake evacuated San Francisco and came to Sacramento. Refugee centers were set up at the rail yards which also served as a hub to deliver supplies to the devastated city.

Visitors to the exhibit will see artifacts such as household items and photographs on display and will be able to read new reports and accounts from the disaster's victims.

The exhibit's organizers say their goal is not only to remind people about the disaster but to create a vivid look at what could easily happen again. Experts say there is a 62 percent chance Northern California will experience a 6.7 magnitude or greater quake.

The "Rumors of Great Disaster" exhibit opened at 9 a.m. on the first floor of the Capitol and will run for one year. Admission is free.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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