In 1923, the Great Kanto Earthquake devastated the Kanto Region of Japan, including Tokyo and Yokohama. This scene illustrates many people, presumably primarily residents left homeless by the quake, walking through the ruins of a Tokyo street. Take note that many of the ruined structures are wooden and probably suffered from fire damage as well as damage as a direct result of the tremors.
Credit: Donated by Corbis-Bettmann
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