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Response icon Preliminary Reports from the Hyogo-ken Nambu Earthquake of January 17, 1995

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Summary of the Earthquake

Overview of Structural Damage

Geotechnical Effects

Initial Reconnaissance Efforts

Emergency Response

Social Impacts

Economic Impacts

Selected Bibliography



Stephanie E. Chang

EQE International

James D. Goltz

EQE International

Joanne Nigg

Disaster Research Center

University of Delaware

Thomas D. O’Rourke

Cornell University


Jelena Pantelic


Charles Scawthorn

EQE International

Masanobu Shinozuka

Princeton University

Dorothy Tao

NCEER Information Service

Production Staff

Jane Stoyle


William T. Wittrock

Graphic Design

Laurie McGinn


Hector Velasco





Some of the material reported herein is based upon work supported in whole or in part by the National Science Foundation, tbe New York State Science and Technology Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other sponsors. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of MCEER or its sponsors.

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