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In pictures: Galveston disaster of 1900

Relief party searching for survivors in Galveston

Galveston's evacuation ahead of Hurricane Rita is evoking comparisons with the devastating storm that hit the city 105 years ago. [Photos: Library of Congress]

House tilted on its side

Houses were tipped over like children's toys by the high winds.

Twisted house

The few buildings left standing bore witness to the ferocity of the hurricane.

St Patrick's Church

The winds left most public buildings, such as this church, in ruins.

Wreckage floating on the waterfront

The coastal waters were full of the remains of wrecked buildings.

Searching the wreckage

Many residents tried to salvage what they could from their destroyed homes.

Drying clothes

Shopkeepers attempted to salvage what remained of their businesses.


The images evoke comparisons with the effects of aerial bombing, at the time an unknown concept.

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