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


UpdateMarch 23, 2018
ReleaseMarch 23, 2018

At 5:46 a.m. on January 17, 1995, a huge M7.3 earthquake that centered in northern Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture, occurred. This Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake caused massive damage to the area around Kobe City and southern Hyogo Prefecture, and shocked people around the whole world as well as in Japan.
As a consequence, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake has occupied an important position in Japanese initiatives to prepare for natural disasters. The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI) has been gathering and exhibiting experiences and lessons learned from the earthquake to the world in order to help mitigate disaster damages.
You can view exhibits of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and other disasters including earthquakes as well as exhibits about disaster prevention and disaster mitigation in the future.
At 1.17 Theater a film recreating the moment when the earthquake occurred is presented, and in watching it you will experience the earthquake’s tremendous power and devastation by means of a large screen using dynamic audio-visual effects (7 minutes). The images in which buildings, houses, highways and other structures violently trembled and collapsed are very shocking. At the Great Earthquake Hall, a film including documentary images is screened (15 minutes). The film shows the recovery and reconstruction process. Through this film, you will realize how catastrophic the earthquake was and be moved by how people have been helping each other and striving valiantly to recover their lives. The voices are in Japanese but you can use a simultaneous interpretation device for free (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean are available.)
Materials related to the earthquake disaster, which were offered by the victims, are also displayed. If you want to get more information on the displayed materials, you can use a handy device. Input the number of the displayed material into the device, and you can get detailed explanations by both text and voice (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean are available).
A list of disaster mitigation items is given for free (Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean). Based on the previous version of a list of emergency items that was made in 1995 after the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, it is revised as of July 2012 according to societal changes and knowledge development of disaster prevention and disaster mitigation over the past two decades. A checklist of items that you can always carry or have around you is also added. It is helpful to check necessary disaster-related items for yourself.  
A documentary film of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 and wreaked enormous damage with the quake-following tsunami is screened at “Kokoro no Theater” on the 1st floor of East Building.
Natural disasters can occur anywhere at any time, causing tremendous damage. Visiting this informative facility is sure to be useful. Why not stop by when you visit the Kansai region?
By Train] About 15 min by taxi from JR Shinkansen Shin-Kobe Station About 10 min on foot from Iwaya Station or Kasuganomichi Station on Hanshin Railway About 12 min on foot from the Southern Exit of JR Nada Station [From Kobe Airport] About 18 min by Port Liner to Sannimiya Station g Transfer trains to Iwaya Station or Kasuganomichi Station on Hanshin Railway, or JR Nada Station g From each station.
1-5-2 Kaigan-dori, Wakinohama, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture 651-0073