NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th September, 1923 : One million refugees, clutching fragments of home destroyed by an earthquake last week, have joined a pitiful mass exodus from Tokyo, marching into the countryside in face of such further disasters as typhoons, flooding and epidemics. Those who have stayed behind wait in two-mile long queues for a daily ration of one rice-ball each. Relief workers fear the death toll could rise above 300,000. In all 2.5 million people were made homeless when Tokyo and Yokohama were levelled.