People in Japan are remembering the victims of an earthquake that devastated Kobe and surrounding areas 21 years ago.
More than 300 people are attending a memorial service in Kobe in western Japan on Sunday. They want to pass down memories and lessons of the disaster to the next generation.
Participants observed a moment of silence at noon to pray for the souls of 6,434 people who died. The attendees included government officials and survivors of the March 2011 quake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan.
Earlier in the day, people offered silent prayers in front of lanterns at a park in Kobe at 5:46 AM, the exact time the quake struck.
Bereaved families and survivors of the 1995 quake were in attendance.
The lanterns were formed to read "Mirai," the Japanese word for future, and "1.17," representing the date of the earthquake.
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