Japan mourns on quakes first anniversary


Tokyo: Japan on Sunday marked the first anniversary of the
devastating 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami which killed almost 15,000

The disaster claimed at least 14,919 lives and triggered a number of
explosions at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, causing a partial
meltdown at three of its reactors. Another 4,000 were missing.

Radiation leaked into the atmosphere, soil and seawater, becoming the
world's worst nuclear disaster after Chernobyl in 1986.

A mourning ceremony held in Tokyo was attended by Japanese Emperor
Akihito, who recently underwent heart surgery.

One minutes's silence was observed at 14:46 pm (6:46 am GMT) - the exact
time the quake struck - throughout Japan. Flowers were planted in the
quake-hit areas, Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate.

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