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Case Study:
Great Hanshin
earthquake
Tick Managing Ma Managing change in the
economic nag human environment
development ing
the
phy
sic
al
envi
ron
me
nt
Section of the syllabus NATURAL
HAZARDS
Location Town/city/regi Country Continent
on
T Japan Asia
C Kobe
RKansai
What What are the
Earthquake causes?


When…

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close to a very heavily Pacific plate
populated area. and the
Seismic shockwaves Eurasian plate
travelled from Awaji
Island (the epicentre)
along the Nojima
Fault to the cities of
Kobe and Osaka.

Facts and figures
Magnitude: 7.2
Damage worth an
estimated £100
billion

What are the effects How can the…

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roads
designe
d to be
earthqu
ake
proof
Schools
and
factorie
s have
regular
earthqu
ake
drills,
etc.




Keywords destructive
plate boundaries,
Seismic shockwaves,

http://www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/gcse/tectonics.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Hanshin_earthquake

http://www.georesources.co.uk/kobehigh.htm

http://getrevising.co.uk/resources/medc_earthquake_case_study_kobe#s=2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/natural_hazards/earthquakes_rev5.sht
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