Hanshin Earthquake Special


All Companies Working Towards Disaster Recovery(Local Report)

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 1995 South Hyogo Prefecture Earthquake Damage Survey(Survey Report)

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.

Things to learn from the Great Hanshin Earthquake

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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