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In pictures: Kobe 10 years on

Lights and candles in Kobe spell out the date of the quake: 17th January

Lights forming the date 17th January heralded a dawn vigil in Kobe, 10 years after the Japanese city was shattered by an earthquake.

Kobe ruins, 18 January 1995

At 0546 that day, a quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale shook much of the city flat, leaving a final death toll of 6,433.

Collapsed highway in Kobe, 17 January 1995

The tremor toppled this elevated highway.

Restored highway, January 2005

A decade on, the highway is back on its pillars and functioning again.

Woman with Kobe flower offering

A proud metropolis is grieving for its dead and injured.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Kobe

The Japanese imperial family came to the city to be among the mourners.

Woman lights candle in bamboo holder in Kobe

Candles were lit in the early hours of Monday to remember the dead.

Snow child figures in a Kobe park

Snow child figures represented the dead, most of whom were killed in a matter of seconds.

Kobe quake monument

A more permanent memorial in the city records the names of those who were killed.

Quick simulator at Hyogo Quake-Resistance Research Centre, near Kobe

Japan will always live in danger of earthquakes and designers continue to seek construction techniques to minimise the damage.

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