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921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

At 1:47 AM on September 21, 1999, Taiwan experienced one of its worst natural disasters of the past century - a 7.3-magnitude earthquake that devastated the central part of the island. The 921 earthquake museum of Taiwan located in Wu-Feng County conserved the damage caused by Ji-Ji earthquake such as collapsed school buildings, fault rupture and elevation of riverbank. And thus the museum is a precious teaching material for natural science. All the construction of the museum was done by September 2007, and it included Chelungpu Fault Gallery, Earthquake Engineering Hall, Image Gallery, Disaster Prevention Hall, and Reconstruction Records Hall. The museum& rsquo;s exhibit features its phenomenal architecture in addition to site conservation, natural science, humanity and historical records.

The Chelongpu Fault cut across the campus and destroyed almost all of the school buildings. To make the ruined landscape and damaged structures stand out, the architect surround the geological changes with the five exhibition halls. The Chelongpu Fault Gallery also includes an art piece symbolizing needle and thread used to sew up Taiwan's wounds-- the surface rupture brought by fault. Following the visiting route, one can see how the fault passed though and study how the land was deformed. The fault line actually connected the five separated exhibition halls all together by the story line of Jiji earthquake.

Chelongpu Fault Preservation Hall:
The Chelongpu Fault Preservation Hall holds many images of scenes involving the fault line of the Jiji Earthquake, linking pictures of its current look with how it looked in the past. This is a very personal way to witness and learn about the power of nature and earthquakes for the public.

Earthquake Engineering Education Hall:
The exhibition area was planned and developed by the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering and features houses that are safe in design and construction, how modern buildings minimize the effects of earthquakes, and earthquake safety in public areas.

The Earthquake Engineering Education Hall will help visitors understand the relation between earthquakes and how a building is constructed. It will introduce visitors to some of the principles involved in putting up a building that can withstand some of the effects of an earthquake so that visitors will come away better educated on how earthquakes happen and the importance of building to minimize their effects.

Image Gallery:
The Image Gallery was originally the Student Activity Center of Kuangfu Junior High School. Rebuilt after the quake, it displays photographs and audiovisual materials featuring the Chi-Chi Earthquake, and presents the memories of the earthquake from the angles of the humanities, society, and historical records. The Image Gallery has three large theaters; the Ture Feeling Theater, the Bird’s eye view Theater and the Earthquake Experience Theater. Each of the three theaters has its own main points and its own lessons for the visitors. Watching and listening to these images and accounts of what happened during the earthquake and its aftermath will give the visitors a good idea of what the people here experienced on that night and how strong the will was to rebuild their home.

Disaster Prevent Hall:
Prevent the possible disaster and getting ready for it far outweighs the value of repair afterward. It is the objective of Disaster Prevention Hall. The goal of the gallery is to give knowledge of refuge and rescue, and related information to the audiences, to establish the correct concept of the disaster prevention.

Reconstruction Record Hall:
The Reconstruction Record Hall documents the reconstruction efforts that have been done after the Jiji Earthquake. These display the tremendous achievements of the disaster relief and reconstruction work done by the government and the people. The design of the Reconstruction Record Hall intended to bring new life to the running track. The outdoor track keeps extending interior, representing the idea of keeping running no matter how hard life is. And the mobile cabinets displaying reconstructive records along the indoor track indicate the long laborious reconstruction process which was like a relay race involving many dedicated individuals.

Travel Information

(Traffic information is subject to change. Please check with the transportation station before departure.)
TEL:
+886-4-2339-0906
Address:
No.46, Zhongzheng Rd., Kengkou Village, Wufeng District, Taichung City
Longitude/Latitude:
120.6995/24.043027
Web:
http://www.921emt.edu.tw/e_content/about/about01.aspx
Transportation:

Nat'l Hwy 1 → Exit at Changhua System Interchange → Nat'l Hwy 3 → Exit at the Wufeng Interchange → Prov. Hwy 3

Public:

1. TRA Taichung Station → Taichung Bus (No. 100 or No. 107) to Guangfu New Village stop

2. TRA Taichung Station → UBus (No. 50) to 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan stop