Kobe Earthquake (1995)

The Kobe earthquake occurred on Tuesday, January 17, 1995, at 05:46 local time. It measured a magnitude 6.8 .The tremors lasted for approximately 20 seconds. The focus of the earthquake was located 16 km beneath its epicenter, 20 km away from the city of Kobe.
Approximately 6,434 people lost their lives; about 4,600 of them were from Kobe. Among major cities, Kobe, with its population of 1.5 million, was the closest to the epicenter and hit by the strongest tremors.
This was Japan's second worst earthquake in the 20th century. It caused approximately ten trillion yen ($100 billion) in damage, 2.5% of Japan's GDP at the time.

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