1995 Quake-Hit Areas Seeking Use of ICT to Tackle Disasters

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Kobe, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)--Local governments of western Japan areas hit by the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji earthquake are seeking to utilize information and communications technology to help reduce damage in times of disasters.

The 7.3-magnitude quake shook the western port city of Kobe and nearby areas on Jan. 17 that year, claiming more than 6,400 lives. At that time, it took time to size up the scale of damage, and rescue activities were delayed.

Many municipalities believe that more lives would have been saved if the initial response had been made more promptly.

Learning lessons from the disaster 24 years ago, Hyogo Prefecture is developing a smartphone app to inform residents when they should evacuate in the event of a disaster.

Meanwhile, Kobe, the capital of Hyogo, has conducted the country's first demonstration experiment to gather information about disaster damage from citizens by utilizing artificial intelligence technology.

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