Lights creating “1.17” were added below the "Kobe" sign on Mount Rokkosan in Kobe on Jan. 10 ahead of the 24th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (Video footage by Gen Hashimoto)

KOBE--An electric sign reading “Kobe 1.17” was lit up on Mount Rokkosan on Jan. 10 ahead of the 24th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that killed 6,434 people.

The side of Mount Rokkosan usually displays “Kobe,” but 42 LED lights were added below the city name for the date of the earthquake, which struck early on Jan. 17, 1995.

The 1.17 sign is 12.7 meters long and 20 meters wide. It was installed to keep alive memories and lessons learned from the disaster.

The electric sign will be displayed from sunset to 11 p.m. through Jan. 15. But on Jan. 16, it will stay lit until around 7 a.m. on Jan. 17.