Kobe Earthquake

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Location of Kobe
Southern side of the main island of Japan, East coast of China
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Causes
Destructive subduction - Philippines plate subducted under the Eurasian plate.
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Background
January 1995, 5am in the morning, 7.2 on the Richter Scale, population of 10 million
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Primary effects
5,000 deaths, 300,000 homeless, fires broke out, $100 billion damage.
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Secondary effects
Fires broke out due to gas pipes bursting and electrical cables, 1,000 aftershocks destroyed left over buildings, chaos on the roads as people tried to leave.
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Short term responses
Short term aid, provision of essentials (shelter, water, food), blankets were provided as it was in the middle of January, extinguished fires, provided technical teams to deal with cables and gas pipes.
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Long term response
Repairs (80% of the port was working just 1 year after the quake), 130,000 new buildings were made, laws were passed on new buildings and had to be earthquake proof, regular earthquake drills now take place. (Port, Pass laws, Prepare, Provide.)
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