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This Family Escaped a Fire Storm Using a Tennis Net

Short | 01:46

In the aftermath of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, Otis Poole and his family are stranded atop a high bluff with the raging flames closing upon them. Their last resort? A tennis net.

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On September 1, 1923, Japan was hit by its worst earthquake ever, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. Instantly, the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama are leveled, but their troubles are only beginning. Relive the Great Kanto Earthquake, a perfect storm of catastrophic events, including a landslide, a firestorm and a monstrous force of nature called a "dragon twist," a tornado of fire that would bring the death toll to 140,000 lives in just minutes. Then see how this disaster shaped the destiny of a nation and changed the course of the 20th century.

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