Shots of Tokyo before the earthquake destroyed it.
Item title reads - The Japanese earthquake. Graphic pictures that tell their own story of greatest catastrophe in the world's history.
Intertitle - 'Editor's note. Editor Pathe Gazette pays tribute to Ralph Earle, his operator in the Orient who risked his life to make the pictures you now see.'
M/S of a map of Japan in negative, words appear with an arrow pointing to Tokyo, it says 'where 150,000 were killed or injured.' M/S of another arrow saying 'Yokohama, 1400 houses burned 100,000 casualties.' These are repeated in positive.
The camera pans across Tokyo before the earthquake. M/S of a busy street with people walking down between the houses, C/U of the street. Trams run down the road and people walk about. M/S of the street taken from a tram.