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Earthquake in Kobe, Japan
Transcript of Earthquake in Kobe, Japan
The epicentre of the quake was 20km below the island of Awaji-shima(which is 32km off the coast of Kobe).
The "Great Hanshin" earthquake struck at 5;46 am, on Tuesday, January 17th 1995. The earthquake registered a 7.2 on the richter scale, and a 11 on the mercalli scale. The earthquake occured along the convergent plate boundry of the Eurasian and the Phillipine sea plate. This resulted in a subduction zone, where the Pacific plate went under the Eurasian plate. There is only one other major earthquake that streuck the Kobe region of Japan. The Great Kanto Earthquake occured September 1st,1923. It killed around 140,000 people. The destruction caused by the earthquake is estimated at around $200 billion. The structures destroyed include an elevated highway,many port's, the city's many older office buildings(the new buildings, built under a strict seimic code, survived), and the homes of about 300,000 people. Electricity, water and gas lines were disabled and were unavailable to citizens for up to a month. A convergent plate boundry is when two plates move into to each other, in some cases one goes under the other, creating a subductive zone. This usually results in earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountains being created.