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The city of Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, marked the 15th anniversary Saturday of the 1991 eruption of Mount Unzen that took 43 lives.

About 400 people, including relatives of those who died, and Nagasaki Gov. Genjiro Kaneko prayed in silence at the beginning of a memorial service held in a park.

“We vow to develop our community while valuing the lives, bonds and gratitude which we gained through the disaster and the recovery from it,” Mayor Teijiro Yoshioka said.

The 1,486-meter mountain erupted at 4:08 p.m. June 3, 1991. Most of the victims were members of local volunteer fire brigades and media crews covering the eruption.

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