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Before viewing this website

This website contains photographs and video footage of the immediate aftermath of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes (hereinafter referred to as the "Kumamoto Earthquake") and the July 2020 heavy rains that may cause viewers to experience discomfort or stress.

Please keep this in mind as you use the website.

About the Digital Archives of Kumamoto Disasters

This site contains materials, photos, videos, etc. related to the Kumamoto earthquake and the July 2020 heavy rains.

The Kumamoto Earthquake was a series of earthquakes including two with an intensity of seven on the Japanese seven-stage scale of seismic intensity. It was the first time since records began that two earthquakes of such intensity hit the same area within 28 hours of each other, and it caused immense damage across the prefecture.

In addition, the July 2020 heavy rains caused enormous damage to the southern part of the prefecture, such as the flooding of rivers in the Kuma River basin due to record heavy rain.

In order to ensure the experiences of Kumamoto can be used constructively in future disaster situations, the Kumamoto Prefectural Government is taking measures to ensure that the various knowledge and skills acquired during the disaster and the recovery process are properly recorded, organized and saved for future generations.

This website makes publicly available a wide collection of written materials, documents and images in digital format. We hope visitors will be able to use the content of this website to improve and further strengthen disaster prevention measures taken in their homes, in their local areas, and in their workplaces.

Site Policy

1 About Digital Archives of Kumamoto Disasters site

Kumamoto Prefecture runs this site.

Kumamoto Prefecture may change or delete information on this site without prior notice, or may suspend or cancel the operation of this site.

In addition, Digital Archives of Kumamoto Disasters utilizes donations from Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (Corporate Version of Hometown Tax).

2 About recommended environment in use

It is recommended to view this site with the following browser.

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3 About copyright

The content on this site is protected by the copyright held by Kumamoto Prefecture and related organizations and third parties.

4 About disclaimer

About contents of information of this site, we pay close attention so that there is not error, but Kumamoto does not guarantee all about these reliability, security. In addition, we do not take any responsibility for any damage or loss that you suffer from using the information on this site.

5 Accessibility policy

This website aims to comply with the level AA of the Japanese Industrial Standard "JIS X 8341-3: 2016".

Web accessibility means that anyone can use the information and functions provided on the website without any problems, including people who have some restrictions on the use of the website such as elderly people and people with disabilities, or who are unfamiliar with the usage.

  1. Target range
    Web page within the website of Digital Archives of Kumamoto Disasters (
  2. Target achievement deadline
    March 31, 2019
  3. Target level of conformance and compliance
    This website aims to comply with the level AA of the Japanese Industrial Standard "JIS X 8341-3: 2016".
    In addition, we can not meet the compliance level for the following items, so we can contact "Contact" to provide alternative means such as e-mail and telephone explanations.
    • Content provided through application viewers used by this site
    • Services provided from outside, such as Google Maps, and accompanying web pages
  4. Publication of test results
    The results of tests conducted by Kumamoto Prefecture based on JIS X 8341-3: 2016 "JAX (Reference) Test Methods" are as follows.
    Test result display based on JIS X 8341-3: 2016 (for implementation in 2020)

6 Terms of use of contents

  1. Users can search and browse the contents published on this archive site.
  2. Users can use it within the scope of private use as defined by the Copyright Act.
  3. Secondary use of this content will be permitted if you agree to the following conditions. When using, please consider those who are in the document provider or photograph.
    1. Do not perform the following actions when using it.
      • Any use of content, including reproduction, modification, reproduction, electromagnetic processing, transmission, distribution, secondary use, or any other similar use, beyond the scope explicitly permitted by law, etc.
      • Any action that infringes or threatens to infringe on the property or privacy etc., of third parties or Kumamoto Prefecture.
      • Any action that will or may cause disadvantage or damage to Kumamoto Prefecture or any third party.
      • Any action or threat to act against public order and morals.
      • Defaming the character or trustworthiness of a third party or Kumamoto Prefecture; slandering or threatening a third party or the Company; or engaging in any similar act.
      • Action that will or may use or transmit damaging computer programs such as computer viruses.
      • Any criminal activity or action that will or may lead to criminal activity.
      • Any action that will or may violate laws and ordinances, and regulations.
      • Any action that Kumamoto Prefecture judges to be inappropriate.
    2. When reprinting, specify the provider of the material and state that it is a citation from the Digital Archives of Kumamoto Disasters.
      • Example [Source: Digital Archives of Kumamoto Disasters / provider: ●● City]
    3. In principle, no modification or modification of content should be allowed.
    4. The user shall not permit the third party to reuse the material modified or processed (hereinafter referred to as “secondary work”).
  4. In this prefecture, we want to post examples of secondary use of content in the “Utilization” corner for reference by other users. Therefore, if you are a secondary user, please provide data after secondary use to the extent possible. Please contact the following for details.

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Contact Information

Kumamoto governor's office Crisis management disaster prevention section
〒862-8570 6-18 of 1 Suizenji, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken
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