November 25th, 2010
08:52 PM ET

Tiny fishing village becomes flashpoint in Korean conflict

A dog scavenges for food; the family pet now a stray. An old lady, who refuses to leave her home, rearranges the shattered bricks as she tries to put her life back together.

Everywhere there is destruction on South Korea's tiny Yeonpyeong Island. Houses are incinerated, treasured possessions now charred remains. But it is the small things that reveal the most. The books tattered and burned. A family piano: now a blackened shell, and a kitchen with charred pots and pans and a child's broken cup.

North Korea rained shells on the island Tuesday and South Korea returned fire. For about an hour a 57-year-old armistice was broken and a war that has never really ended ignited again, and a tiny fishing village was suddenly and violently at the center of a flashpoint that some fear could tip the Korean peninsula into all out war.

The once bustling little community is now a ghost town. Hundreds of people have fled. Those who have stayed told CNN of the moment of terror.

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