1923 Great Kanto earthquake

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The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923
1923 Great Kanto earthquake is located in Japan
Date September 1, 1923 (1923-09-01)
Origin time 11:58:32
Duration 4 minutes
Magnitude 7.9 Mw
Epicenter location 35°06′N 139°30′E / 35.1°N 139.5°E / 35.1; 139.5Coordinates: 35°06′N 139°30′E / 35.1°N 139.5°E / 35.1; 139.5
Countries or regions affected Japan

The Great Kantō earthquake (関東大震災 Kantō daishinsai?) was a Japanese natural disaster in the Kantō region of the island of Honshū.[1] The earthquake struck at 11:58:44 am JST (2:58:44 UTC) on Saturday, September 1, 1923. It lasted between 4 and 10 minutes.[2]

This earthquake destroyed Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka. It caused widespread damage.[3] About 140,000 people died.

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  1. James, Charles. "The 1923 Tokyo Earthquake and Fire" at University of California, Berkeley; retrieved 2012-12-11.
  2. Panda, Rajaram. "Japan Coping with a National Calamity," Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA); retrieved 2012-12-11.
  3. Hammer, Joshua. (2006). Yokohama Burning: the Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, p. 278.

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