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Facts on Kobe earthquake
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Advantages: huge scale devistation which can now be prevented due to new technology
Disadvantages: many killed as a result of primary and secondary effects
Kobe Earthquake 1995
Took place on 17th January 1995
Measured 7.2 on the Richter scale
Killed more than 5,000
Damaged 56,000 buildings severely
Epicentre was on Awaji Island near Kobe and Osaka
The cause of the earthquake
Movement in the subduction zone of the Eurasian and Philippine Plates caused the earthquake.
 05:46 tremors spread from Awaji Island epicentre
 Airports and elevated highways collapsed
 Nearly 10,000 houses and other buildings were destroyed in Kobe
 Kobe-Osaka area is the 2nd largest centre of industry
 Kobe-Osaka has the second largest population in Japan
 Wall of fire, 300-500m wide swept the area
 77,000 people evacuated to makeshift areas
 Earthquake was shallow so its focus was on the surface
 City wasn't prepared as people thought Tokyo was in more danger than Kobe-Osaka
Japan quickley overcame this natural disaster but many human lives were lost helplessly to this huge devistation.
Summary: huge scale natural disaster
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