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NFPA Journal looks back at the great Kanto earthquake

Blog Post created by RYAN QUINN Employee on Dec 5, 2013

0291294F321D434F8D936913F15768FFIt was the deadliest earthquake in Japan’s history, destroying approximately 45 percent of Tokyo and 80 percent of Yokohama. The great Kanto earthquake of September 1, 1923, was of the same magnitude as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake—7.9 on the moment magnitude scale—but the damage it caused was far greater. An estimated 142,000 people died, almost 140,000 more than in San Francisco. For more on the earthquake, read "Looking Back" in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.

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