On Friday there was a minute’s silence all over Japan to mark that it has now been five years since the earthquake that triggered a tsunami in which 18,500 people were killed.
Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other dignitaries participated in a national memorial service in Tokyo at 14.46 local time Friday at the minute exactly five years after the disaster.
The earthquake was measured to the strength of 9.0 under the seabed and caused a tsunami which did enormous damage along the country’s northeastern coast. Around 18,500 people lost their lives.
The tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at the nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi, which led to the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people due to radiation exposure.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today