1995 Kobe Earthquake. For us it is not
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Lessons From the 1995 Kobe Earthquake
For us it is not “if”… but “when” we will have an earthquake on Hayward Fault. Kobe, a modern Japanese port city - very similar in circumstances to Oakland - has many lessons for us.
Personal Notes - Fall 2005
Council Member Jean Quan
of the buildings were destroyed (same % predicted for the Hayward Fault)
fires that it caused.
Tokyo Earthquake & Fire 1800’s
Fires often cause more destruction than the initial earthquakes
San Francisco Earthquake 1906
Kobe City Hall served as a shelter
New high rise housing built as part of redevelopment stands behind, “temporary housing” being built for families still waiting for permanent housing. The random lottery for housing, scattered many historic, tight knit communities. This was especially a hardship for seniors left without family and social support and is now considered a mistake.
Street Widening Project: Narrow streets delayed fire fighters; wider arterials & more hydrants are constructed in the rebuilt areas
The Disaster Reduction & Human Renovation Museum operates as a memorial, regional training center for disaster preparedness, and center for survivor programs addressing post traumatic effects.
Exhibits tell hundreds of personal stories about earthquake and what has happened since►
Community volunteer demonstrates parts of the city at risk for tsunamis.
Volunteer Women Fire Fighters Take a Class at the Center
Key staff prepared to stay for days, note sleeping bag & suitcase
Personal Emergency Kits
Ancient Japanese legends explained earthquakes as the movement of giant catfish under the ocean. Today these catfish signs designate Emergency Vehicle Only Roads for disasters.
Like us, they have a regional Emergency Operating Center to coordinate disaster relief efforts.
San Francisco 1906…Loma Prieta 1989… Kobe 1995…Katrina 2005…Learning from the Past to Save Lives in the Future.