Japan on Friday commemorated the 25th anniversary of the magnitude-7.3 earthquake in Kobe that killed more than 6,400 people and is considered one of the strongest and deadliest in the country's recent history.

Residents and relatives of the victims observed a minute’s silence at 5.46 am (20.46 GMT Thursday), the exact time at which the tremor known as the Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred on Jan. 17, 1995. EFE-EPA