Jan 19, 2017

Hyogo universities aim to develop disaster experts with new programs

Universities in Hyogo Prefecture, which was hit by a devastating earthquake 22 years ago, are launching new programs to develop experts capable of leading efforts to respond to natural disasters. Drawing on experiences from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the universities are aiming to teach ...

Kobe marks 21 years since deadly Hanshin earthquake

Jan 17, 2016

Kobe marks 21 years since deadly Hanshin earthquake

The city of Kobe and surrounding areas marked the 21st anniversary Sunday of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that killed 6,434 people and demonstrated the horror that can result from an urban disaster. People who lost loved ones in the Great Hanshin Earthquake were among those ...

Wind rips down display at 21st Kobe Luminarie but no injuries reported

Dec 11, 2015

Wind rips down display at 21st Kobe Luminarie but no injuries reported

One of the displays at Kobe Luminarie, the illumination festival commemorating the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, collapsed Friday after apparently being buffeted by strong winds, the organizing committee said. No one was injured. The structure, about 9 meters tall and 25 meters in diameter, had been ...

Art is long, when life can be short

Jan 29, 2015

Art is long, when life can be short

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Given Japan's continual seismic activity, what happened at 5:46 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1995, was unavoidable. The devastation and loss of life that occurred with the magnitude 7.3 quake in Kansai became a yardstick only now surpassed by the Great East Japan Earthquake of ...

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

/ Jan 17, 2015

Kagawa recalls Kobe earthquake

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Twenty years on to the day, Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa on Saturday recalled the terrifying moment a massive earthquake struck his hometown of Kobe and said he hopes charity soccer matches will continue to be held to commemorate the disaster that claimed the lives ...

Jan 17, 2015

Only 41% of Kobe quake survivors feel livelihoods back on track

Only 41 percent of the survivors of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake that devastated Kobe feel their lives are completely back on track, according to a survey of 207 people in subsidized housing in Hyogo Prefecture. Of the remainder, 23 percent feel their lives have ...

Jan 16, 2015

The Kobe quake, 20 years on

A new generation has grown up since the Great Hanshin Earthquake of Jan. 17, 1995 — the first mega-quake to hit a large metro area in postwar Japan — and we still have much to learn from the experience.