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The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923
Date September 1, 1923 (1923-09-01)
Origin time 11:58:32
Duration 4 minutes
Magnitude 7.9 Mw
Epicenter 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
Areas 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. 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.

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


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