|Series||Seconds from Disaster|
|Airdate||August 30, 2005|
|Disaster||1995 Earthquake in Kobe|
|Date||January 17, 1995|
Kobe Earthquake is the 19th episode of Seconds from Disaster and goes through the riuns to find out why so many died in supposedly the world's most anti-seismic place.
The Japanese city of Kobe is rocked by the Great Hanshin Earthquake which destroys most of its buildings. The driver of a bus and his passengers have a narrow escape when the earthquake causes a section in the elevated Hanshin Expressway to fall, leaving the bus dangling over the edge. Many traditional houses collapse due to the heavy-tiled roofs and bamboo walls (which are meant to be typhoon-proof, NOT earthquake-proof). Liquefaction occurs at the coastal and port areas of Kobe. Over 5,500 people die in the disaster.