The Great Kanto Earthquake

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The Great Kanto Earthquake
It was September 1, 1923 on beautiful day in Kanto Japan. People running in the park enjoying the little things nature has to give to us until 11:58 am hit and everything went totally wrong. The great Kanto Earthquake will go down in history as one of the most powerful earthquake to hit Kanto Japan. The way that they were able to record this massive event was from a seismograph. The city had encountered 2 shocks that the people were used to, however when the third shock hit the city it was massive. The Richter scale measured in at 8.4 which is one humongous earthquake. The massive earthquake was also felt by Kobe, Osaka, and Hiroshima. The reason that Kanto was hit the hardest was because of the lower ground density. After the earthquake had passed a 40-foot high tsunami (picture 4) hit the island of Japan destroying everything in its path which caused fires to go to places like Tokyo and Yokohoama which burned people and everything this fire touched (picture 2). The death toll was approximately 140,000. The “dragon twist” which was the fire that spread throughout japan killed around 44000 people. In Yokohoama 90% of all the homes in that region were destroyed and in Tokyo 60% of the people were homeless and about 316000 houses were destroyed (picture 1). The Great Kanto Earthquake was like a big nuke that hit Japan, one moment it destroys one place then it spreads and kills anything else. An editor from the Trans-Pacific magazine named Henry W. Kinney saw the aftermath of the Kanto earthquake and had to say this “The tidal wave swept out a great section of the village near the beach. I saw a thirty-foot boat that had been lifted neatly on top of the roof of a prostrated house. Vast portions of the hill facing the ocean had slid into the sea.” You could clearly see the effects of this massive earthquake because in Misaki Japan the ground level raises 24 feet and dropped 60 cm every day (picture 3). Rescue efforts were in affect...
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