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Case Studies for Earthquakes, (Super)Volcanoes, Fold Mountains, Tsunamis and Plate Boundaries

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  • Created on: 21-05-11 09:50

Kobe Earthquake

  • 17th January 1995, 5.46am
  • Phillipines Plate (oceanic) shifted beneath the Eurasian Plate (continental) along the Nojima faultline, beneath Kobe
  • Destructive Margin
  • This collision of Plates led to an earthquake measuring 7.2 on Richter Scale.
  • Tremors lasted for 20 seconds
  • 6434 dead                                           
  • 40,000 seriously injured                       
  • 300,000 homeless - tents in streets, blankets as homes etc.
  • 2 million people were without electricity
  • Gas mains ruptured - Fires enfulged city - destroyed port etc - no aid access
  • Water pipes burst - no water for 10 days
  • Elevated roads collapsed - difficult for emergency aid
  • Railway lines buckled - little transport between Osaka and Kobe
  • Financial impact: damaged = >$220 billion
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