921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan
The 921 earthquake, which happened on September 21, 1999, was the worst natural disaster in Taiwan in the twentieth century. At 1:47 a.m., an earthquake with the magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale occurred along the Chenlungpu fault line (車籠埔斷層), which runs across Nantou and Taichung counties. As a result, Nantou and Taichung counties suffered severe damages. More than two thousand people died, over forty-five thousand houses were destroyed, and hundreds of schools were badly damaged.
Guangfu High School, which lies on the Chenlungpu fault line in Taichung County, was one of the most severely damaged schools. However, after years of rebuilding, the high school is now the site of the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan. This museum was built to commemorate those who were killed or injured by the quake. It encourages the public to push for improved disaster preparedness and disaster relief measures. It also aims to make earth sciences and earthquake information more accessible to the public and promote Taiwan's earthquake research.
In designing the museum, designers preserved several of the high school's damaged buildings and erected five different halls, each having different earthquake related themes. These halls offer displays, multimedia stations, and hands-on activities that people of all ages can enjoy. The 921 Earthquake Museum provides a wonderful education experience, so make sure to include it in your travel plans the next time you visit Taichung county!