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Natural disasters

A quarter century after quake, Kobe leads preparedness push

Communities and individuals need to keep lessons alive

The magnitude 7.3 earthquake knocked this elevated highway in Higashi Nada Ward on its side.

TOKYO -- The Kobe earthquake, which in 1995 left more than 6,400 dead, destroyed buildings, toppled elevated highways and twisted railroads, served as a reality check for a Japan that boasted modern, supposedly temblor-resistant infrastructure.

Local residents of the western city on Friday marked the disaster's 25th anniversary, observing a moment of silence at 5:46 a.m., the moment the quake began to rip through the city.

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