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Learn the Lessons of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake


A site to reflect upon and remember the quake that rocked Kobe in 1995


The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995 hit the historic port city of Kobe hard, resulting in over 6,400 deaths and causing untold damage to the area. The Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution is a facility that strives to convey the experience of the quake and lessons learned from it, while also serving as a learning center to prepare the city and its residents to better tackle challenges in the future.




The DRI draws on multimedia resources as well as a collection of survivors and volunteers to educate guests about the events of that fateful day. A theater and exhibit bring the disaster to life for visitors, while a 3D film takes viewers through the disaster zone of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake. The Earthquake Memories exhibit uses interactive displays to highlight the reconstruction efforts, while additional displays on disaster mitigation help visitors understand what we can do to lessen the effects of these devastating events.

With earthquakes being an unavoidable facet of life in Japan, the DRI strives to reassure both residents and visitors by giving them a roadmap for navigating their way safely through nature's wrath.




The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial
Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution






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