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Thursday, January 17, 2013

57% Kyoto Wooden Buildings Earthquake Proof

木造の耐震化57%どまり 京都市内の一戸建て

On the anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe 18 years ago today, Kyoto is still struggling to get its wooden buildings up to code.

Though Kyoto does not see seismic activity in the way other areas of Japan do, it lies on two faults.

In a survey of the city's detached wooden buildings, according to the Kyoto Shinbun newspaper, just 57% were found to be earthquake-proof. Kyoto is aiming to have 90% of the such buildings up to code by 2015.

660,930 buildings were surveyed. Of those built or renovated since 1981, 75.4% are quake-proof.


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