23 years ago, January 17, 1995, the great earthquake happened. It struck KOBE(神戸) city and surrounding areas in HYOGO prefecture and OSAKA prefecture. The magnitude 7.2 earthquake destroyed many buildings and killed over 6,000 people.
It was the most severe earthquake we, people living in KANSAI, experienced.
On this day, the memorial service is held in KOBE city every year.
We must not forget this experience.