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Nishionomiya-ko Bridge - Kobe, Japan

Great Hanshin Bridge The 1995 earthquake that devastated Kobe, Japan, destroyed a section of the Nishionomiya-ko Bridge. The Kobe earthquake demonstrated the vital importance of NSF-funded research into "smart" materials and other earthquake-resistant construction techniques.

Photo by: Christopher R. Thewalt/Great Hanshin Bridge/Earthquake Engineering Research Center/University of California, Berkeley