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Shacks a stark reminder of 1906 earthquake

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By SUSAN GALLEYMORE It's easy to pass them by without a second glance -- a pair of small, green wooden shacks sitting side by side at the Fifth Street Marina in Oakland, Calif. But these nondescript dwellings are noteworthy, because they're among the last surviving examples of more than 5,600 temporary homes thrown up in haste as winter approached in the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Trucked to the marina on Oakland's estuary from San Francisco in 2006, the two buildings are among only 28 "earthquake shacks" thought to exist today -- stark reminders of the horrors of the quake, which, according to some estimates, not only killed more than 3,000, but left 225,000 homeless.The April 18 quake ruptured pipes used to deliver water to the city from 20 miles away. Fires raged for three days. According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake and fire destroyed 28,000 buildings and caused an estimated $400 million in damage -- ab...