Some Sendai buildings with significant exterior damage


A survey of 175 office buildings facing main streets in central Sendai City found that 14 had sustained significant exterior damage in the East Japan Great Earthquake. None of the buildings seemed to have become unusable from collapsing or tilting, however. The survey was conducted in the city on March 13 by major office tenant broker Miki Shoji.
Of 362 buildings located in main business districts in Sendai City (the area in front of Sendai Station, the Ichibancho area, the neighborhood of the prefectural government office and the city office, the east side of Sendai Station and office districts in surrounding areas), the extent of damage to 175 buildings facing main streets was checked based on exterior appearance.
The results are as follows:
1) No damage
95 buildings
2) Some damage observed on exterior, but likely to become usable after a short repair period
66 buildings
3) Severe damage observed on exterior and likely to take a long time to repair
14 buildings
4) Collapsed or with fallen floors, seems unusable due to tilting, etc.
0 buildings
Even when the building is considered usable, it may take roughly a month to complete building repairs in the case that there is damage to equipment (elevators, air conditioners, etc.).

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