At the break of dawn, the earth began to tremble—and 20 short seconds later thousands of people lay dead or dying in the rubble of their homes. It was 17 January 1995 and the Japanese port city of Kobe, or ‘Heaven’s Door’, had been struck by the most powerful force of nature to hit Japan since the Kan to earthquake in 1923. Homes, shopping centres, office blocks, railway stations, and even elevated expressways which the authorities had assured would withstand any earthquake, collapsed as if they had been built from paper and sticks.
KeywordsKorean Peninsula Gang Member Liberal Democratic Party Kobe Earthquake Army Officer
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