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This Powerful 1923 Earthquake Brought Tokyo to Its Knees

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In 1923, Tokyo was a city on the rise, slowly taking its place among the great global capitals of its time. But then, in 1923, disaster struck in the shape of the Great Kanto Earthquake.

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It's a city that transformed itself from a sprawl of wooden dwellings into a huge modern metropolis. Over 150 years, Tokyo has risen from the ashes twice--from an epic earthquake and a devastating series of bombings--rebuilding itself into the world's largest city. Examine the evolution and modernization of Tokyo through digitally remastered and colorized archival footage.

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