Japan marked the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country and left more than 18,000 dead or missing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito attended a memorial in Tokyo to take part in a national moment of silence to mark the exact moment the magnitude-9.0 quake struck off the coast of Japan in 2011. The powerful quake struck sparked the world’s worst nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Water overwhelmed the plant, taking cooling systems offline and triggering a series of meltdowns.
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