Tokyo’s devastating 1923 earthquake
Christopher Harding revisits the catastrophic earthquake that levelled much of Tokyo 100 years ago
Exactly 100 years ago today, on 1 September 1923, the streets of Tokyo began to shudder. It was the first warning sign that something terrible was coming – a devastating earthquake that would level much of the city. But, as historian Dr Christopher Harding tells Ellie Cawthorne, the Great Kantō earthquake wasn’t just a natural disaster – it also exposed deep lying social and political divides.
Christopher Harding is the author of The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives (Allen Lane, 2020)
Ellie Cawthorne is HistoryExtra’s podcast editor. She also contributes to BBC History Magazine, runs the podcast newsletter and hosts several live and virtual BBC History Magazine events.
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