Postcard Japanese about the Yokohama Earthquake of 1923

The front of this lovely Japanese postcard shows deer in a calm forest like scene. It is color tinted. I think the picture is very beautiful, in contrast to the message on the back.

The back of the card that was not posted has a very somber message: "Sept 7/23 Yokohama, Japan Arrived here this morning but anchored outside - not allowed to land as the city is strewn with the dead. Harbor is full. British and American battleships, cargo & passenger boats. We take on 1500 refuges tomorrow & begin to make clothes for them. We are to remain here for a few days before we sail for Kobe."

The Tokyo - Yokohama earthquake of 1923, also called Great Kanto earthquake. The earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9, struck the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area near noon on September 1, 1923. This is the time of day when people would be cooking outside, and it caused many fires. The death toll from this event was estimated to have exceeded 140,000. More than half of the brick buildings and one-tenth of the reinforced concrete structures in the region collapsed. Many hundreds of thousands of homes were either shaken down or burned in the ensuing fire touched off by the quake.

This card is from my person collection, and it is time to pass it along.


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Postcard Japanese about the Yokohama Earthquake of 1923


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