2016 Fifth Anniversary of Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

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March 11th 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the Great east Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. On this day in 2011, at 2:46pm, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck just off the north east coast of Japan. The tsunami that followed flattened large areas of the Tohoku coast killing around 18,000 people and making many thousands more homeless. The earthquake and tsunami also lead to meltdowns and explosions at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power station which contaminated large parts of that prefecture.
Ceremonies to remember the victims of the tragedy took place all along the coast on March 11th. some remembered privately on the beach near where their homes once stood. Often surrounded by camera crews. Others took part in Buddhist or Shinto services. or later lit candles as acts of remembrance.
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