The Great Hanshin Earthquake which struck at 05:46 in the morning of
January 17th visited unprecedented damage to the Hanshin area. Kajima
established disaster headquarters in the head office, the Osaka branch
(currently the Kansai branch) and the Kobe district office immediately after the earthquake struck, and after confirming the safety of all employees and the extent of damage incurred by the company, we turned our attention to establishing an aid system for emergency recovery objectives. The following describes an outline of this and the progress attained.
The South Hyogo Prefecture earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.2 and a
maximum acceleration of 800 gal, sent a variety of ripples surging through the
construction industry. By the middle of February, Kajima was not only
involved in the removal of structural debris and renovation work, but
was also implementing damage condition surveys, recovery plans,
emergency disposal, and surveys and recovery plans for civil
engineering structures such as roadways, sea walls and railways, etc.
Our teams of technicians were deployed in affected areas directly
after the earthquake in order to collect status reports on damage. The
results of this were collected into the 1995 South Hyogo Prefecture
Earthquake Damage Survey by January 27th, published as a first
edition, covering a total of 186 pages, on February 1st, and
immediately became a topic for conversation throughout all areas. A portion of this report is below.
One month has passed since the Great Hanshin Earthquake left unprecedented levels of damage in its wake, and surveys and diagnostics of the city of
Kobe are continuing in addition to recovery work on damaged buildings and the
infrastructure. We have gathered here today to discuss just what can
be learned from the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
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