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.




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