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Kobe, 1995
Nature Of Seismic Event
The earthquake struck at 5.45am local time on January 17th 1995.
Kobe lies on a convergent plate boundary, where the Philippines
Plate is being subducted under the Eurasian Plate.
It hit 7.2 on the Richter Scale.
The focus of the earthquake was shallow at only 16km below the
earth's surface and was located 20km away from Kobe itself on
Awaji Island.
The tremors lasted for around 20 seconds.…read more

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Kobe, 1995
Emergency services and the army were brought in from
surrounding areas to help.
Heat-seeking equipment was used to find people who were
Emergency shelters were set up to house the 300,000 people that
were made homeless.
Water and food supplies were brought in.
The railways were back in service by August 1995.
One year later 80% of Kobe Port was back in full working order.…read more

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Kobe, 1995
New laws have been passed to make new buildings and transport
structures even more earthquake proof
Schools do regular earthquake drills with their pupils
Many households have earthquake kits, which include bottled water,
rice, a radio and fire extinguishers.
More instruments were installed in order to detect future earthquakes.
Fire breaks have been built by demolishing some buildings, in hope
that if fires ever broke out again, they would not spread as far as
The Japanese Government have built earthquake proof shelters in
public parks
Japan has introduced the annual 'Disaster Day' where everyone
practices earthquake drills…read more

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But Japan isn't an LEDC, surely you noticed this?

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