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The Kobe earthquake.

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Introduction

This project is on the Kobe earthquake. This quake scaled 7.2 on the Richter scale (6-7 on the Japanese scale). The earthquakes epicentre was at the northern Awaji Island and had a depth of 14km. Its total deaths by the 30th of March were 5,477 and injuries 34,900. The earthquake had caused fires that destroyed 7,456 houses, road damage, 171,481 collapsed houses, and a total damage cost of 9,963 yen. In this project there is a graph showing the number of deaths over a period of days on page 2. It shows the increase of the deaths as the days went on. On page 3, the increase of the deaths is described and explained. It shows of reasons why there would be an increase in deaths. On page 4, the effect on the economy is explain and the reasons why are stated. On page 5, a letter written after the quake is enclosed, explain what had and has happened. As the days went on there was an increase in the number of deaths. This was because as the days went on more people died. ...read more.

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The total cost of damage was 9,963 billion yen and due to the damage the exports in January for Kobe fell to 46.9% in comparison with 1994. The whole of Japan's exports fell by 6.1%, which a total of 5% was due to Kobe. Imports into Kobe during January fell by 40% and its loss capacity was taken up by a great amount at other ports from February. The reasons for these loses in the economy could be because: > Not enough earnings as much as they used to, because of it there was a loss in the whole of Japan not just Kobe > The earthquake made everything slow down > Had to repair millions of homes > Had to repair electricity, gas and water cuts. Money is needed to repair all these faults. > Electricity cuts could effect businesses > Jobs that lie on communication cannot proceed, as there is no form of communication available. Customers and partners can not be communicated therefore there will be no income > Products can not be transported due to damages in the roads, companies loose money > People unable to reach work because of no transport. ...read more.

Conclusion

The drums began to speed up their pace as my heart followed their unsettling beat. Clashes of plates meeting the hard cracked floor startled me. I was moving from side to side though my brain was not ordering me to. A hand gripped my throat, strangling me as I tried to breathe. As I struggled to feel my way around my blood began to drown me as sharp edges met my fingers. My hand gripped a torch and the darkness began to fade. I found my way to the bottom of the stairs picking up any thing I could. Glass was all along the floor; I crept through the remains of a doorway to my safety. My whole world was left behind me, all beneath rubble. I thank God I am still alive because with out him I would be beneath the rubble with my world. Tell everyone that I am ok, I could be worst. My only injury is my bruised hand, which will mend. I wish I could see you all, and don't worry about me I will be ok. I love you all and I hope to be hearing from you. Yours sincerely Leticia XXXXX Leticia Powlett 9Ward2 Mr Sutherland 1 Kobe project Geography set 1 ...read more.

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