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Kanto Earthquake Museum

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The great Kanto Earthquake struck two minutes before midday on the first of September 1923, devastating Tokyo. It wasn’t just the quake but the fires - started because the quake struck when people were preparing lunch - that incinerated the wooden houses that had originally survived the quake that caused more than one hundred thousand deaths. This museum is on the grounds of a memorial to those who lost their lives, and was built on a site on which thirty thousand people were killed in a single firestorm. The museum presents exhibits of personal accounts, diary entries, pictures drawn by school children and of course photos, as well as pieces of melted glass and metal caught in the fires and many maps explaining the course of events and outlining the huge damage done.

There is a leaflet in English which you need to remember to pick up – most of the exhibits are only labelled in Japanese.

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How many people survived?

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Everyone survived except for the 105,000 that died. Check your census for 1923 for a figure, but remember the earthquake hit several cities and towns so it might be tricky to work out.

how many earth quake museums are in japan

when first earth quake museum established in Japan and total earthquake museums in JApan

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