Japan Marks Tsunami Anniversary

    Relatives of of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami victims offer chrysanthemums during the national memorial service to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the disaster in Tokyo, Monday, March 11, 2013. Japan marked the second anniversary on Monday of the disaster that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing and more than 300,000 people still displaced. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa, Pool)

    Pool photo by Junji Kurokawa

    On Monday, Japan marked the second anniversary of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that claimed 16,000 lives and led to the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, forcing 160,000 to evacuate. A national ceremony began in Tokyo on Monday, as mourners across the country observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m., the exact time the tsunami struck. The 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country’s northern Pacific coast, triggering the tsunami that destroyed thousands of homes. The Fukushima plant went into meltdown, causing the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. In the aftermath, all the country’s nuclear plants were shut down, although Japan plans to restart them all later this year.

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