Kanto, Japan, Sept. 1, 1923
We always hear news about earthquakes in Japan. This is not a new phenomenon though. In fact, Japan has always been at the center of huge earthquakes throughout history. The 1923 Kanto quake was one of the worst the country has ever witnessed. It was a 7.9 magnitude quake that led to the deaths of 143,000 people. A water surge reaching up to 6 feet has caused tremendous damage and in some areas, it reached up to 15 feet. This is why the death toll is just too high.