The Beginning of Disaster Response Volunteering: The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
January 17 was the day of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake (the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in the Hyogo Prefecture Southern Area Earthquake).
At 5:46 a.m. on January 17, 1995 (Heisei 7), in the pre-dawn darkness, a massive earthquake suddenly struck the city of Kobe and Awaji Island. It registered a 7.3 on the Richter scale, and the seismic intensity of 7 observed in Kobe was the largest ever recorded.
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