Events mark 18th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake
Events were held on Thursday morning to mark the 18th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyogo Prefecture.
The earthquake, which struck at 5:46 a.m. on Jan 17, 1995, killed 6,434 people in Hyogo Prefecture and neighboring areas.
A ceremony was held in Higashi Yuenchi Park in Kobe where lanterns were lit and placed in the figures 1.17 in memory of the victims. About 5,000 people, including survivors of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku disaster, attended the ceremony, at which prayers were offered for victims of both disasters. In a park in Itami, 6,434 candles were lit to honor the dead.