Tuesday, November 1, 2016

1923 Great Kantō Earthquake

I found this unused Japanese postcard while going through my box of "yet-to-be-sorted" cards. I don't have many foreign cards in my collection but thought this one to be interesting. Some background below regarding the quake.

This earthquake devastated Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, and the surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka, and caused widespread damage throughout the Kantō region. Its force was so great in Kamakura, over 60 km (37 mi) from the epicenter; it moved the Great Buddha statue, which weighs about 93 short tons (84,000 kg), almost two feet. Estimated casualties totaled about 142,800 deaths, including about 40,000 who went missing and were presumed dead.