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Earthquake Disaster Reduction
Bridging Science, Technology, and Communication

The 921 Earthquake (also known as Chi-chi Earthquake) measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck the central part of Taiwan on September 21, 1999, which led to the loss and missing of approximately 2,500 precious lives, along with a great loss of infrastructure and assets. The Museum's 921 Earthquake Memorial Park serves as the country's principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the disaster, documenting its impact and significance.

Disasters always have very undesirable consequences. Luckily, Taiwan has not been struck by severe earthquakes since 1999. Yet large earthquakes occurred so often around the world: 2004 Indonesia Tsunami in South Asia, 2008 Sichuan Earthquake in China, 2009 L'Aquila Earthquake in Italy, 2011 Christchurch Earthquake in New Zealand, and 2011 Tohoku Earthquake in Japan are examples. Quite a few earthquake museums were therefore established as symbolic reminders and educational centers.

Marking the 15-year anniversary of 921 Earthquake and the 10th anniversary of the 921 Earthquake Education Park's public opening, the Museum will host a two-day international symposium titled "Earthquake Disaster Reduction - Bridging Science, Technology, and Communication" on November 18 and 19, 2014. It will bring together 16 scholars and experts from around the world and representatives from 8 well-known earthquake and tsunami museums. Discussions will be held on the topic of creating a bridge among knowledge, technology, and education.

We warmly invite all interested people to participate at the symposium.

  • Sessions: Nov. 18 - 19
  • Venus: The National Museum of Natural Science and the 921 Earthquake Education Park @ Wufong
  • Language: Chinese and English (simultaneous interpreting available)
  • Online Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 200/per session.
  • Fee: NT$ 500
  • Visit our webpage for details.