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Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (54 files)

Images from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, also known as the Kobe Earthquake, of January 17, 1995.
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 Fumi Okamoto and her daughter, Hana, survived the collapse of their house (in the background). 
 Keywords: kobe, earthquake, house collapse, japan, mother, daughter, child, hug, protect
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 The scale of the fires and the destruction of the water system fequently ment that only one firefighter could be assigned to a fire that might normally have 40 or 50 firefighters attending. 
 Keywords: kobe, earthquake, firefighter, hoses, fire, protective clothing, japan
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 Mothers found themselves holding on to young children who were bewidered and scared. 
 Keywords: kobe, earthquake, mother, daughter, child, hug, protect
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 Thousands of people found themselves lucky to be alive, but without a home or business to return to. 
 Keywords: man, destruction, earthquake, house, kobe, japan
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 Shock was written on the faces of so many people who lives had been turned upside down in a few seconds. 
 Keywords: man, shock, destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan
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 Only a handful of telephones were working in the hours and days following the earthquake. With so many trapped by the topography of the area, queues for working phones quickly formed as people tried to get information in and out of the disaster zone. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, telephone, queue, pre-internet, pre-mobilephone, communication, disaster zone
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 The emergency services were stretched to the limits trying to protect and inform the public. 
 Keywords: policewoman, megaphone, disaster zone, earthquake, japan, kobe, fire, destruction
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 People made homeless by the quake gathered around braziers with only rugs to keep them warm, while the waited for news and help from the authorities. The wait was frequently a long one. 
 Keywords: Woman, boy, men, brazier, warm, cold, huddle, wait, earthquake, kobe, japan
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 When survivors were pulled out of the rubble people had to create makeshift stretchers and carry them to first aid stations which had been set up in sports fields and school playgrounds. 
 Keywords: survivor, rubble, help, stretcher, medical attention, rush, rubble, power cables, men, earthquake, kobe, japan
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 The docks in Kobe were badly damaged by the earthquake, but the real damage came with shipping firms moving their business to other Japanese ports. By 2005, ten years after the quake, Kobe as a port was only operating at about 80% of it's pre-earthquake capacity. 
 Keywords: ports, docks, kobe, shipping, trade, damage, freight, cranes, earthquake, kobe, japan
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 Huge fissures opened up in the ground during the magnitude 7.3 tremor. 
 Keywords: Fissure, earthquake, kobe, japan
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 Many steel framed buildings were not built to high earthquake tolerances as the Kansai region of Japan was considered not prone to earthquakes. 
 Keywords: destruction, steel-frame, damage, building, kobe, earthquake, japan
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 The infrastructure was particularly badly hit, with the rail and road networks sustaining massive damage. 
 Keywords: railway, damage, collapse, ballast, earthquake, kobe, japan
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 Bewlidered parents and children watched as emergency services tried their best to rescue trapped people and deal with fires. 
 Keywords: kobe, earthquake, japan, mother, child, holding hands
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 With the fire brigade stretched to the limit most people were compelled to fight fires with whatever came to hand. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, extinguishers, red, fire, kirin, crate
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 Japan is known as a place where almost anything can be bought from a vending machine. Heavy tiled roofs gave way in the quake. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, coke, coca-cola, red, tiles
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 Motorcyles and mopeds are a poular form of transport in Japan. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, moped, helmet, grey
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 A woman digs through the remains of her house trying salvage whatever she can, but is grateful to be alive. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, woman, salvage, dig, house
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 Natural disasters have no respect for economic power. McDonalds was just one of the many companies to be affected by the destruction. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, golden arches, McDonalds, glass
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 The noise of the earthquake was one of its most notable features, but the noise of the aftermath was significant too, with the double beat of Chinook helicopters overhead, the incessant sirens of the emergency services, and the alarms of cars crushed by falling buildings which continued to sound for days until the cars' batteries died. This buidling was a multi-storey carpark. The fire in the distance covered several citiy blocks. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, carpark, multistorey, smoke, pall, gulley, river
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 Many people survived the quake, only to be trapped by rubble and then unable to escape were killed by the subsequent fires. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, men, death
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 A man is led away from fires burning out of control 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, men, death
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 A man is led away from fires burning out of control 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, men, death
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 Volunteers walked through residential areas listening out for people who might be trapped. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, men, death
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 People were shocked by the power of the quake and the level of destruction, wanting to help but initially were unsure what to do. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, men, fire service
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 Wearing only what they had on at the time the quake struck, many mucked in with the overstretched emergency services in a desperate bid to fight the fires. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, men, firefighter, hoses, red, car
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 Fires rapidly consumed whole areas with no one to tackle them. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire
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 People watched the fires, powerless to intervene 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire
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 Large apartment blocks collapse on themselves. Often they were built above their own carports which took the brunt of the damage 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, car, crush
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 Underequipped and overstretched firefighters did their best to tackle huge blazes, often single-handed. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, firefighter, hose, water
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 Some firefighters were helpless. 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, firefighter
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 A rare example of two firefighters working together on that day 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, firefighter, hose, water
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 A rare example of two firefighters working together on that day 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, firefighter, hose, water
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 Parts of Higashinada were utterly devasted by the quake and ensuing fires 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire
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 People looked on as their neighbourhoods were razed to the ground 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire
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 Some firefighters were helpless 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, firefighter
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 Huge areas of Higashinada were engulfed in the fires which took three days to burn out 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire
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 In some places the police managed to insert cordons and keep the stunned public back for their own safety 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, hose
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 The police tried to warn the public of the extreme danger in some areas of Higashinada where the fires were immense 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, fire, policewoman, megaphone, danger, flames
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 In some places children were left to fend for themselves, trying to recover things from their destryed homes 
 Keywords: destruction, kobe, earthquake, japan, roof, tiles, boy, alone
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 Survivor of the Kobe Earthquake - 10 years on.
Taniguchi-san: "I ran straight out of the house. It was dark. I took refuge straight away in the local centre. At about 9am the fires started. Total destruction." 
 Keywords: kobe, earthquake, japan, survivor, tatami, Taniguchi-san
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 A building and car are both flattened by the magnitude 7.3 earthquake. 
 Keywords: kobe, earthquake, destruction, japan, car, building, crushed, crush, telegraph pole
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 Large areas of Higashinada were devastated by the quake and ensuing fires. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, onlooker, devastation, higashinada
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 Burnt out cars, motorcycles and buildings in the Higashinada area one week after the quake struck 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada
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 Burnt out cars and builings and abandoned fire hoses in Higashinada a week after the quake struck. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada
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 Burnt out cars and buildings a week after the quake struck, Higashinada 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada
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 The fires in Higashinada burned for three days. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada
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 The police did their best to warn the public of the most dangerous areas. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada, policewoman, megaphone, public, running to safety
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 The remains of a house in Higashinada a week after the quake struck 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada
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 In many cases people were forced to abandon their attempts to fight the fires in order to escape with their lives. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada, slipper, hose, abandoned
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 Many modern buildings suffered collapse about a third of the way up their structures, with the top floors dropping onto lower ones. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, office block, highrise
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 Burned out buildings and cars in Higashinada a week after the quake struck 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, higashinada
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 A high rise sideswiped an adjacent tower block as it collapsed in the quake. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, fire, destruction, devastation, towerblock, topple, damage, sideswipe, blue, terracota
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 The collpased Hanshin Expressway, Route 43, was probably the signature image of the Kobe earthquake. This is that same section a year to the day after the quake. The Japanese government threw all available resources at rebuilding the infrastructure of Kobe to help it get back on its feet. 
 Keywords: earthquake, kobe, japan, one year one, expressway

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