Japan marks seven years since the March 11 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster

Sunday, 2018-03-11 10:22:15
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Women pray for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster, at a park in Tokyo, Japan, March 11, 2018, to mark the seventh-year anniversary of the disaster that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis.(Photo:Reuters)
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Japan on March 11 marked the seventh anniversary of a deadly earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 15,000 people, and triggered an unprecedented nuclear meltdown rendering some lands uninhabitable.

At around 2:46 p.m. (0546 GMT) that day, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the biggest ever recorded in the nation's history and one of the five most powerful ever recorded in the world, struck off the coast of the northeastern Miyagi prefecture.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prince and Princess Akishino took part in the anniversary ceremony held in central Tokyo. Visitors offered flowers for the victims, hoping that the memories of the disaster will not fade.