http://www.elpasotimes.com/newupdated/ci_23994596/more-than-one-million-japanese-take-part-disaster Few Japanese remember why Sept. 1 is called Disaster Prevention Day, in which drills are practiced across the country. This is a day to remember the 105,000 people who were killed in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, the deadliest natural disaster in Japanese history. The magnitude-7.9 quake started near Mt. Fuji, in Kanagawa Prefecture, but most lives were lost in downtown Tokyo, where the jolts flattened houses and spread fire. The situation was made worse by southerly winds from a typhoon. The quake happened two minutes before noon on a Saturday, when many households had been cooking lunch. Panicked people ran in droves trying to escape from blazes. The worst tragedy happened Saturday afternoon, when 40,000 people who sought refuge in a 16-acre empty lot in Ryogoku — a former Army Clothing Depot — were trapped in a blazing fire. An estimated 38,000 lives were lost in a few hours. Tokyo sits on major geological faults, and seismologists believe that major earthquakes like this occur every 200-400 years. The disaster was partly man-made: the government at the time had no plan for natural disasters. Orderly evacuations were nearly impossible. Policy makers now use the anniversary to remind people about the dangers of earthquakes. They say planning and drills have become all the more important, as reinforcing all buildings in Tokyo with public money is financially impossible, especially at a time of deep fiscal problems. target="_blank"
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