Show Notes: The Great Kanto Earthquake

Tracy Wilson

The charred remnants of the city of Tokyo after the fire that resulted from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. --- Image by © CORBIS

On Sept. 1, 1923, a devastating earthquake obliterated Yokohama and much of Tokyo, Japan. But the earthquake was only the first wave of devastation. A fire followed, and because the number of evacuees far outpaced the capacity of the roads, many survivors of the quake died in the fire. More than 140,000 people lost their lives.

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Episode link: The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923

For more knowledge: How Earthquakes Work

Holly's research:

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