Great Kanto Earthquake evacuees shown in panoramic photo panel

Kyodo

An association to commemorate victims of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake has created a 4.6-meter-long panoramic photo panel showing roughly 300,000 evacuees who gathered at the plaza in front of the Imperial Palace after the lethal temblor rocked Tokyo.

The panel will be exhibited at the Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, from Tuesday, ahead of the 90th anniversary of the disaster Sept. 1.

The three photos in the panel were taken for the Hochi Shimbun, one of the major newspaper publishers based in Tokyo at the time. The publisher carried part of the pictures in its Sept. 7, 1923, edition as well as its photo magazine that Sept. 15.

This is the first time all three pictures will be displayed together.

Some of the evacuees shown in the photos had fled fires that engulfed parts of Tokyo after the magnitude 7.9 quake struck the capital and surrounding prefectures, killing an estimated 105,000 people.