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Displaced individuals outside Imperial Palace after the Great Kanto Earthquake

Displaced individuals outside Imperial Palace after the Great Kanto Earthquake

On September 1, 1923, a great earthquake devastated the Kanto region of Japan, including Tokyo.  In addition to immediate damage, fires caused by it exacerbated the suffering.  In this picture, taken on September 2, directly outside the grounds of the Imperial Palace, thousands of people gathered, carrying their remaining personal belongings, to this open space for safety.  

Credit: Donated by Corbis-Bettmann