• Kyodo


Some 391,000 residential buildings sustained damage in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, up 127,000 from initial estimates, the Hyogo Prefectural Government said.

The number of residential buildings damaged to the point they couldn’t be salvaged was unchanged from the previous announcement in December of 105,000.

The prefecture said the latest figure finalizes the extent of the quake’s damage.

The number of people injured in all 15 affected prefectures was 43,792, of whom 10,683 suffered serious injuries and 33,109 minor ones, unchanged from the previous announcement.

The death toll from the quake and resultant fires stood at 6,434, according to the prefecture.

On Sunday, a local nonprofit organization based in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, said it will reconstruct the former home of famed writer Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965), which collapsed in the earthquake.

The NPO got cooperation from a construction company and hopes to finish rebuilding it by the end of next March.

The cost to rebuild the wooden two-story house, which was built in 1928, is estimated at about 56 million yen.

Tanizaki lived there for three years.

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