Why did the Kobe earthquake happen?
The earthquake of Kobe occurred at 5.46 am, on Tuesday January
17th, 1995. the earthquake was caused by a destructive plate
boundary; the much denser oceanic Philippine plate was forced
underneath the less dense continental Eurasian plate causing a
build up of a high amount of pressure in the earth's crust. Once
that pressure is released then earthquakes occur like the one in
The earthquake was caused by two of three tectonic plates colliding due to stress in the crust. The country wasn't prepared so this led to even more drastic damage to the large port and town of Kobe. 5000 people were killed in a 20 second earthquake this shows that all contras need to prepare for the worst if thy are at least a 45% chance of having an earthquake.The names of these plates are The Eurasian Plate, the Philippines Plate, and the pacific plate. The earthquake was caused by the pacificplate slipping under the philippines plate, however when the friction becomes to great, the pressure continues to build and one big push hgappens to overcome the friction this jolt is wwhat the earthquake is.
As you know that earthquakes are natural hazards, which occur on plate margins. Earthquakes are the result of plate movements. The strain builds up along the fault line between two plates until they move causing earthquakes. Japan is at a high risk to earthquakes. Unfortunately it lies above a destructive plate margin. Kobe is located above where the Philippines crust (oceanic crust) and the Eurasian crust (continental crust) meet. It was along this fault that the caused the earthquake that hit Kobe.
- The Philippine plate went beneath the Eurasian plate (due to it's higher density) at a destructive plate boundry
- This caused serious tension to build up
- When the pressure was released the earthquake occured.
The focus of the earthquake was within 20 km of Down town Kobe
The epicenter of the earthquake was on Awaji Island, around 20 kilometers south of Kobe.
The Kobe earthquake occurred on Jan 17th 1995 at 5.46 am. It mesured about 7.2 on the Richter scale. · The earthquake took place in Kobe, 1995 · On the moment magnitude scale the kobe earthquake is 6.8, · and mij 7.3 on the revised 7.2 on the old JMA magnitude with tremors that just lasted 20 seconds. · Hundreds of people are feared dead and thousands injured after a powerful earthquake struck Japan at…
The Kobe earthquake Killed more than 6000 people and more than 26000 people were Injured! Of the people that were Killed, Most of them were caused by being hit by falling Debris! 6,434 was the final number released as the death toll for the Kobe or Great Hanshin earthquake of 17 January 1995. This is an approximate figure. The estimated deaths in the city of Kobe alone were 4,600.
The Kobe earthquake in 1995 destroyed more than 102,000 buildings and left 300,000 people homeless. The cost estimate to restore the basic infrastructure of the city was 150-million dollars. This was just for state owned buildings and services alone. The Kobe earthquake is the most expensive natural disaster in modern history. The earthquake lasted only 20-seconds.