Earthquake Memorial

There are five memorial stones in total, including those in remembrance of the earthquakes that have struck Oga Peninsula, in commemoration of the post-earthquake reconstruction, and in remembrance of those who died during famine. The oldest memorial was built in remembrance for the earthquake of 1810. Masumi Sugae, who was living in Oga at the time, wrote in “Oga no Samukaze” of his experience of the earthquake, saying, “The destruction was so widespread that hardly a building remains in any village.” Then in the earthquake of 1939, 28 lives were lost and 1,663 buildings damaged. These memorials are a message to the future, which speak to us of disaster that will not be forgotten