On Robotic Rescue Facilities for Disastrous Earthquakes -From the Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake
Satoshi Tadokoro*, Toshi Takamori*, Saburo Tsurutani**, and Koichi Osuka***
*Dept. of Computer & Systems Engineering, Kobe University, Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657 Japan
**Kobe Steel, Co. Ltd., 5-5, Takatsukadai 1-chome, Nishi-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 651-22 Japan
***Dept. of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gaken-cho, Sakai, Osaka 593, Japan
The Great Hanshin-Awaji (Kobe) Earthquake killed more than 6,000 on Jan. 17, 1995. Many people barely escaped from the debris and actively saved buried lives. Rescue facilities are really important for robust social systems. They should be researched as applications of robotics and mechatronics. In this paper, the processes of rescue just after the disaster were investigated. It considers specifications of rescue robotic facilities for huge earthquakes on the basis of the real processes.