Chapter 7. The Experience of the Kobe Earthquake

  1. Juan José López-Ibor2,
  2. George Christodoulou3,
  3. Mario Maj4,
  4. Norman Sartorius5 and
  5. Ahmed Okasha6
  1. Naotaka Shinfuku

Published Online: 29 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047002125X.ch7

Disasters and Mental Health

Disasters and Mental Health

How to Cite

Shinfuku, N. (2005) The Experience of the Kobe Earthquake, in Disasters and Mental Health (eds J. J. López-Ibor, G. Christodoulou, M. Maj, N. Sartorius and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/047002125X.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  2. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, Eginition Hospital, 72-74 Vas. Sofias Avenue, 11528 Athens, Greece

  3. 4

    University of Naples, Italy

  4. 5

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  5. 6

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. International Center for Medical Research, University School of Medicine, Kusunoki-Cho, 7-Chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0017, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2005
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470021231

Online ISBN: 9780470021255



  • Kobe earthquake experience;
  • “6-hour vacuum”;
  • DOA (dead on arrival);
  • Hyogo Prefectural Mental Health Center;
  • solitary death;
  • Stress-related physical symptoms;
  • importance of sharing experience;
  • Hanshin-Awaji earthquake


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Earthquake

  • Soon After the Earthquake

  • Health Problems in the Acute Phase

  • Long-Term Health Consequences

  • What We Have Learned

  • What We See Now 10 Years Later

  • References