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[MIS34-P103] Materials related to the 1889 Meiji Kumamoto earthquake
Keywords:Meiji Kumamoto earthquake, photo collection on the damage by earthquake, archival materials on scientists
Rihei Tomishige who was a photographer in Kumamoto took some photos for the disaster of this earthquake. The 11 photos remain in NMNS today, such as the destroyed stone walls of Kumamoto Castle, the damage of military, and the scenery of temporary house. These photos are publicly available on the website of NMNS (http://www.kahaku.go.jp/research/db/science_engineering/namazu/index.html).
Prof. Bunjiro Koto, Prof. Seikei Sekiya, and Hantaro Nagaoka of Imperial University went to Kumamoto to survey this earthquake. Nagaoka examined the damage around Kinbo-zan, and noted the investigations and sketches of damage. NMNS possesses those items as a part of archival materials on scientists.
NMNS has an illustration of the Meiji Kumamoto earthquake which was published a few days after the event. It describes the situations of collapsed houses and people buried beneath them, saying "It's a rare large earthquake we've not seen in recent years."