Kansai Airport, Japan
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Kansai International Airport (KIX) is the world‘«÷s first ocean airport, built on a landfill island in Osaka Bay, Japan. Opened in 1994, KIX was a modern engineering marvel, built entirely as an artificial island. Because the site is built upon compacted fill, it suffers from subsidence, sinking 2-4 cm per year. The Kansai terminal is 1.7 km long, and was designed by world famous architect Renzo Piano. KIX is linked to the mainland by a 3.7 km long bridge, and provides air service for nearby cities of Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. Four months after opening, the airport was severely tested by the magnitude 6.7 Kobe Earthquake; it survived with only minor damage, and provided continuous operation during the relief efforts. This simulated natural color ASTER image was acquired on September 19, 2003 and covers an area of 48.5 x 55.5 km. The image is centered at 34.6 degrees north latitude, 135.2 degrees east longitude.
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Please give credit for these images to:
NASA/GSFC/METI/Japan Space Systems,
and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team