The Kanto Earthquake was a real even that took place on September 1, 1923. The earthquake estimated to be at 8.3 on the Rictor Scale, was one of the most devistating earthquakes in Japan, destroying parts of Kanto, Tokyo, and Yokohama. The power of this statue was said to have been able to move a 93-ton Statue of Buddah at Kamakura. It was estimated that between 100,000 to 142,000 lives were lost or missing and presumed dead. Only 105,000 deaths were confirmed.
The Kanto Earthquake was referenced to in Umineko, in which the Ushiromiya Family lost a number of family members as well as their wealth.