January 1995 – One of Japan’s deadliest earthquakes hit Kobe, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring thousands. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the city of 1.5 million people, located 280 miles west of Tokyo. Entire blocks of buildings were reduced to rubble and roadways and rails systems were twisted.
Prior to the 1995 earthquake, six homes using R-Control SIP components were built in the Kobe area. All the homes were located within miles of the quake’s epicenter. The six Kobe homes pictured here were visited within days after the quake. All the homes stood solidly against the force of the quake.
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