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Tectonic hazard event in an MEDC

Kobe, Japan, Asia

Stuck at 5.46am local time on the 17th January 1995
Had a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale
Lasted for 20 seconds
Known as The Great Hanshin earthquake
Hit the region of Kobe in South-Central Japan, the most industrialised

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Fires raged for about two days due to ruptured gas pipes and many
buildings being wooden
Industry was affected as two motor companies could not make parts in
other factories, grinding the businesses to a halt
The Japanese government was criticised for its response to the
earthquake, it was said…


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