Physical Geography

Earth Science

Earthquake Case Study: Kobe, Japan


Parent / Teacher Guide


To present the student with evidence of a major earthquake disaster

To allow the student to relate theory to actual events

To provide Case Study information for use in the GCSE examination



The student should learn about:

(a) The location of Kobe in relation to major tectonic features;

(b) The effects of the earthquake on transport and communications;

(c) The effects of the earthquake on utilities and services;

(d) The secondary damage caused by fire.



The student should have knowledge and understanding of:

(a) A recent earthquake;

(b) The primary and secondary consequences of earthquakes;

(c) How earthquakes disrupt areas long after the initial event.

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