January 16 20:46 UTC
Local time January 17 05:46
Five thousand five hundred two people confirmed killed, 36,896
injured and extensive damage (VII JMA) in the Kobe area and on
Awaji-shima. Over 90 percent of the casualties occurred along
the southern coast of Honshu between Kobe and Nishinomiya. At
least 28 people were killed by a landslide at Nishinomiya.
About 310,000 people were evacuated to temporary shelters. Over
200,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed. Numerous fires,
gas and water main breaks and power outages occurred in the
epicentral area. Felt (VII JMA) along a coastal strip extending
from Suma Ward, Kobe to Nishinomiya and in the Ichinomiya area
on Awaji-shima; (V JMA) at Hikone, Kyoto and Toyooka; (IV JMA)
at Nara, Okayama, Osaka and Wakayama; (V) at Iwakuni. Also felt
(IV JMA) at Takamatsu, Shikoku. Right-lateral surface faulting
was observed for 9 kilometers with horizontal displacement of
1.2 to 1.5 meters in the northern part of Awaji-shima.
Liquefaction also occurred in the epicentral area.
Some damage in the Reading area. Felt (V) at Fleetwood,
Hamburg and Wernersville; (IV) at Auburn, Bechtelsville,
Bernville, Blue Ball, Conestoga, Denver, Douglassville,
Ephrata, Exton, Gap, Honey Brook, Leola, Myerstown,
Newmanstown, Orwigsburg, Parkesburg, Pequea, Pine Grove,
Richland, Schaefferstown, Shoemakersville, Silver Spring,
Temple and Willow Street. Felt throughout southeastern
Pennsylvania and as far as Baltimore, Maryland and New York
City. Also felt at Toronto, Canada.