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Teachers Forming Disaster Relief Teams after 1995 Kobe Quake

Teachers Forming Disaster Relief Teams after 1995 Kobe Quake

   Kobe, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--Teachers across Japan are forming disaster relief teams after the 1995 Kobe earthquake in western Japan, which will reach the 25th anniversary Friday.
   The first one was launched in 2000 in Hyogo Prefecture, hit hardest by the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which killed 6,434 people and registered the maximum 7 on Japan's seismic intensity scale for the first time.
   The Emergency and Rescue Team by School Staff in Hyogo, or EARTH, was established to return the favor the prefecture received from across the country in the aftermath of the temblor.
   The Hyogo team started with 90 teachers and other school staffers and now has 220 members.
   In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and the April 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes in southwestern Japan, the team worked for disaster areas, assisting shelter management, providing mental care to children, helping local schools reopen and giving advice.

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