The Death of Old Yokohama: In the Great Japanese Earthquake of 1923

1st Edition

Otis M Poole

Routledge
Published March 12, 2013
Reference - 142 Pages
ISBN 9780415846943 - CAT# Y150825
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Japan

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Summary

It was almost noon in the picturesque city of Yokohama on Saturday, September 1st 1923 when the first sway of one of the world’s most destructive earthquakes was felt. The first great shock lasted for four minutes and in that time every building in the city was destroyed, together with 100,000 of its Japanese inhabitants and one eighth of its foreign community. Other shocks followed and then fire which swept through the ruins with hurricane speed, suffocating and burning to death thousands trapped in wreckage or trying to flee. A first-hand account of the disaster told by a survivor, this accurate and authentic account was written immediately after the earthquake and is here published with only minor additions and corrections

 

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