[ 1923 Japan - Great Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo ] — Ginza Owaricho (current 4-chome), looking towards Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Devastation caused in Tokyo by the Great Kanto Earthquake (Kanto Daishinsai) of September 1, 1923 (Taisho 12). Some simple shelters have been erected by survivors. The quake, with an estimated magnitude between 7.9 and 8.4 on the Richter scale, devastated Tokyo, the port city of Yokohama, surrounding prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka, and claimed over 140,000 victims. 20th century vintage gelatin silver print.