Residents in Kobe gather and observe a moment of silence to remember the more than 6,000 killed by an earthquake in 1995. Yiming Woo reports.
On January 17, 1995, an earthquake struck Kobe in Japan, destroying the port city. More than six thousand people were killed. The damage was estimated at 100 billion U.S. dollars. Twenty years on, survivors still remember that day of devastation. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) UNIDENTIFIED ELDERLY MAN, SAYING: "Time has stopped for me and the memory of 20 years ago has frozen inside my heart. No matter how much time passes, it doesn't dissipate." A poll in a Japanese newspaper says about 40 percent of residents are still traumatized by that earthquake.