JAPAN: Worse Than 1923

When a mighty, sickening temblor rocked the northeast coast of Honshu, main island of the Japanese Empire, experienced seacoast folk shouted not "Jishin!" (earthquake) but "O Tsunami!" (big tidal wave) and streaked for the hills last week.

Sure enough the quake produced a tidal wave. Thanks to the fleetness with which the Japanese ran and climbed, the wall of water drowned only 1,535, injured only 338, left only 948 missing. A grand total of 2,963 houses & buildings were swept away, 6,343 were inundated, 1,279 flimsy structures collapsed. As usual fire broke...

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