1923 Great Kanto earthquake, Japan

1923 Great Kanto earthquake, Japan

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Credit: US NAVY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. Aerial view over the ruins of Yokohama, Japan, following the Great Kanto earthquake of 1st September 1923. This earthquake had a magnitude of 7.9 on the moment magnitude scale. It caused immense destruction in Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, and the surrounding regions. It is thought to have caused over 142,000 deaths. Many buildings collapsed and the ruins were then engulfed by large fires that broke out in the area following the earthquake. Photographed in September 1923.

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