20 years after the recovery

20 years have passed since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995.

Kobe and its vicinity were hit by the earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on January 17, 1995 at 5:46 am. A total of 6,434 people lost their lives and approximately 44,000 people were injured.

On January 17, which is 20 years after the event, a commemorative event to pray for the victims was held in central Kobe and about 14,000 people attended and observed a moment of silence at 5:46 am, the time the earthquake occurred. At Higashi-yuenchi Park where there’s the Earthquake Memorial Monument, a lot of bamboo lanterns were arranged in the form of “1.17” and lit.

Now it’s hard to imagine what this beautiful Kobe city looked like when a huge earthquake devastated. Kobe returned to normal but January 17 is the day we have to remember and need to teach the next generation about.

1995年1月17日午前5時46分、マグニチュード7.3の大地震が神戸とその周辺地域を襲いました。6,434人が命を落とし、約44,000人が負傷しました。

震災から20年という節目を迎えた1月17日、犠牲になった人たちを悼む追悼式典が神戸で行われ、例年よりも多いおよそ14,000人の人が訪れ、地震の起きた午前5時46分に合わせて犠牲者に黙とうをささげました。慰霊と復興のモニュメントがある東遊園地では、1月17日の日付を表す”1.17″の形に並べられた竹の灯籠に火が灯されました。

今の美しい神戸の街からはこのような大地震があったことを想像できないと思います。神戸の街は復興を成し遂げました。私たちは1月17日という日を決して忘れず、阪神淡路大震災の教訓を次の世代へと伝えていかなければなりません。

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