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No major quake damage/injuries at Stanford overseas center

STANFORD -- Scholars at Stanford's research and teaching programs based in Kyoto, Japan, were shaken by the Kobe earthquake but no one was injured and there was no major damage to the Stanford center.

The 37 students currently in Kyoto "certainly felt the earthquake; it awakened them," said Corb Smith, deputy director of Overseas Studies. Five students now at the center are enrolled at Stanford.

The university operates the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies for students from Stanford and eight other universities. Also based in Kyoto, 50 miles north of the quake's epicenter, is the Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation, but that research/internship program is idle in winter quarter.

The students at the Kyoto center live in apartments or houses scattered throughout the city, Smith said, but none reported major damage to his or her residence.

At the center itself, there was minor damage, such as books and other items falling off shelves, and one of three Japanese stone lanterns in the garden was toppled by the quake.

The gas supply to the building shut down automatically when the shaking began, "just as it's supposed to," Smith said. Gas service to the center was restored soon after the quake, he added.

Those at the center are likely to suffer from the same inconveniences as everyone else in Japan for the next few months, primarily due to heavy damage to the nation's transportation infrastructure and corresponding supply problems.



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