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This 1923 Weather Phenomenon Killed Thousands in Minutes

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This 1923 Weather Phenomenon Killed Thousands in Minutes

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650 feet tall, almost 1,000 feet across, and spinning at a velocity of 125 miles per hour-how did the devastating dragon twist of 1923 come to be?

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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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