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Case Study - Kobe
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When did the earthquake occur?
17th January 1995 5.40am
What caused it?
Stress built up on junction between Eurasian, Pacific and Philippines plates, Kobe near epicentre
Why did only some houses collapse?
Newer houses (post 1981) were built to be earthquake proof
How many aftershocks followed?
Exploded gas pipes = fires, water pipes broke due to tremors, largest container port in the world destroyed
Buildings collapsed, hospitals destroyed, electric lines cut out, Ground liquified so buildings collapsed and sunk
Number on richter and mercalli scales?
7.4, 6.9 respectively
How many buildings destroyed?
When were water and gas supplies working again by?
When were railways working again?
How many housing units built by January 1999?
Laws passed to earthquake-proof buildings, survivors taken to central buildings with supplies, volunteers dug through rubble with bare hands to find survivors
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