Fractured Road, Japan
Photograph by Karen Kasmauski
A crane and several construction vehicles lay toppled on a fractured road in Kobe, Japan, after a 7.2-magnitude temblor shook the quake-prone country. The Great Hanshin Earthquake Disaster of 1995 was one of the worst in Japan’s history, killing 6,433 people and causing more than $100 billion in damages.
Collapsed Bridge, Guatemala
Photograph by Robert W. Madden
A 1976 earthquake near Guatemala City shattered this bridge in Agua Caliente, cutting off the city’s main supply route to the Atlantic. The 7.5-magnitude quake killed more than 23,000 people and left thousands more injured and homeless.
Twisted Railroad, Japan
Photograph from Pacific Press Service/Alamy
A steel-fortified railroad lies twisted like a toy after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Kobe, Japan, in 1995. The earthquake was the biggest to hit Japan in 47 years and shook the city for 20 seconds.
San Andreas Fault, California
Photograph by Phil Degginger/Alamy
The San Andreas Fault scars Southern California’s Carrizo Plain like a battle wound. The 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) fault runs through western and southern California, dividing the Pacific and North American plates.
Earthquake in Marina District, San Francisco
Photograph by Michael K. Nichols
Workers position support beams to steady tilting homes in San Francisco's Marina District after a disastrous earthquake hit the city in 1989. The 7.1-magnitude earthquake buckled highways and bridges, crushed cars, and toppled homes and buildings throughout the city.
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