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The Kobe Earthquake

By Lexi Baird, Kyler Frasier, Abby Douglas,

Aaron Rodriguez, Rane Dutcher, and Damion


Where are we Building?

Kobe, Japan

Geographic Information


Disaster Name- Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster

It spread toward the southwest along the Nojima Fault on Awaji,
toward the northeast along the Suma and Suwayama faults

Runs through the center of Kobe

Latitude- 34.583
Longitude- 135.018 (Located around the Ring of Fire)
Weak Bedrock



This is a map of Kobe

The earthquake said to have happened in the Ring of Fire

Historical Information


- January 17, 1995

- Deadliest disaster in the world in 1995
- Capital of Hygo Prefecture
- Briefly the capital of Japan in 1138 C.E

Seismological Information


The great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Disaster was on 7.3 on the

Richter scale.
Rated VII on the Mercalli Scale but was 8 on the modified Mercalli
The plates shifted a total of 1.2-1.5 cm

Earthquake Mechanism


Deformation in the source region that generates the seismic

The earthquake was caused
by three plates Eurasian, Pacific,
and Philippine Plates converged



The graph shows a positive correlation between the causes and effects between
the earthquake.

Primary Effects


200,000 buildings collapsed

79,000 people were killed
27,000 people injured
Landslides and large cracks that makes the earth rumble

Secondary Effects


The Pacific plate collided with the Philippine plate pushing

Eurasian plate aside
Gas mains broke causing fires to spread
316,000 left homeless and refugees and moved into
temporary housing
Deaths due to harsh winters

About this Earthquake


Even though you can't fully predict an earthquake Japan

was somewhat ready for it.
Japan has ran many drills and preparations for things like
Due to this earthquake Japan has developed a rescue
team and an earthquake preparation team.

Economic Analysis

Economic Background


Type of Economy - Free Market Economy

Goods/Services Produced - Electrical devices / Automotives / Oil / Iron and Steel /
Medical Equipment / Organic Chemicals / Plastics / Ships and Boats
Gross Domestic Product - 4.751 trillion dollars

Economic Impact


Negatively Impacted Country:

Lost 12.4% of GDP, or 10 trillion yen
The Nikkei 225 Benchmark Index was down 24.4% by the end of June
Negatively impacted other countries:
Supply went down and demand went up
Japan accepted no help from other countries



Japans people are some of the healthiest people in the world and that is no
surprise their religion is on point of health and free health care is helping as
Even the homeless are allowed healthcare.


Why Should We Build Here?

Magnitude of the earthquake and the damage that it had
caused is concerning.
A cell phone tower can help save lives if another disaster
We plan to build off the coast of Kobe Chinatown because
it could cover Kobe and multiple other cities as well.

Cultural Background


Climate: Humid, Subtropical - Higher Precipitation in Summer

Geography: Kobe is Long and Narrow - Ashiya / Takarazuka / Nishinomiya (East)
- Akashi (West) - Osaka Bay (South)
Ethnic Makeup: Japanese - 98.5% - Harmony / Decision Making / Fitting In

Cultural Background


Shinto - Way of the Gods - Kami are the gods - When you die, you become a kami.
Buddhism - Teachings of Buddha Gautama Siddharta

Six Hofstede Dimensions

Power Distance: Moderate
Long-Term Orientation: Moderate

Individualism: Average
Uncertainty Avoidance: High
Indulgence: Low

The funding process

Japan has the second most GDP in the world (2013)
Japan also has many allies to also help Fund the project
Japan has no cell towers according to 2013



If another disaster were to occur, all of this would be destroyed.

Thousands would die in their own homes.
They need a cellphone tower to get help, instead of dying from being
trapped under rubble.


Japan is high up in the technology world and
have cell towers. We can always be ready to offer
our help if something happens.

Thank you so much for your time!

Any Questions?

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