On September 21, 1999, a 7.3 earthquake rocked Central Taiwan. 2,415 people were killed, 11,305 injured, over 51,711 buildings were completely destroyed and US$10 billion in damage was done. At one point, the ground was recorded to be moving at 3 meters a second! Rescue workers from around the globe joined locals in digging out survivors and handing out aid to the over 100,000 people that had become homeless.
Today, the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan, along with the ruins of the Guangfu Junior High School, sit on top of the geological fault line that caused all the devastation. The school and much of its grounds have been preserved in their damaged states as a way to teach the public about earthquakes and honor those that died in the quake and the first responders who helped.