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An unprecedented number of buildings were severely damaged during the 1995 Hyogoken Nanbu (Kobe) Earthquake, some of which completely collapsed. The paper describes the main features of the earthquake and the analysis of the damage suffered by reinforced concrete and steel buildings. The paper also discusses the typical defects which caused the failures. Results are based on the extensive reconnaissance activity carried out by the Building Damage Investigation Teams of Building Research Institute, to which the European colleague participated.

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Authors: INUKAI M, Building Research Institute, Tsukuba (JP);HIRAISHI H, Building Research Institute, Tsukuba (JP);FUKUTA T, Building Research Institute, Tsukuba (JP);NAKATA S, Building Research Institute, Tsukuba (JP);NEGRO P, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 7th Convegno Nazionale L'Ingegneria Sismica in Italia, Siena (IT), September 25-28, 1995
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 39455 ORA
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