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The Japanese Earthquake of September 1, 1923

Nature volume 114, page 70 (12 July 1924) | Download Citation



SHORTLY after the Japanese earthquake of September i, 1923, Mr. Takeo Kato, on behalf of the Imperial Earthquake Investigation Committee, made reconnaissances through the districts of violent shocks, especially those around Sagami Bay. He has published a preliminary report on this field study in the Journal of the Geological Society of Tokyo (vol. 30, No. 361), including some definite estimates of the loss of life and property. In Tokyo, though not a house escaped some damage, the number of houses that collapsed owing to the shock was comparatively small. The latest official statistics place the number of houses destroyed by fire in Tokyo at 316,087, the number of killed at 67,052, of injured at 32,583, and of missing at 38,980. The shocks were far stronger at Yokohama, and strongest of all in the districts around Sagami Bay. In six towns along and near the borders of the Bay, 84,300 houses were destroyed and 26,370 lives were lost.

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