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161110-0002 - Great Kanto Earthquake


Yokohama Showa 1920s Unknown

The ruins of the famed Grand Hotel as seen from the Bluff in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture after the Great Kanto Earthquake (Kanto Daishinsai) of September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12).

The quake, with an estimated magnitude between 7.9 and 8.4 on the Richter scale, devastated Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka, and claimed over 140,000 victims.

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