20:44 GMT25 October 2020
Listen Live
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    0 15
    Subscribe

    At 2:46 p.m. local time (06:46 GMT), the exact moment that the earthquake struck Japan five years ago, millions of the Japanese citizens observed a moment of silence, commemorating the victims of the disaster.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — Japan on Friday marked the fifth anniversary of a massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the country's northeast coast with a moment of silence, local media reported.

    On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, which was followed by a massive tsunami. About 16,000 people were killed and over 2,500 people are still on the missing after the natural disasters. The incident also crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant, with radiation leaking into the atmosphere, soil and sea.

    According to The Japan Times newspaper, at 2:46 p.m. local time (06:46 GMT), the exact moment that the earthquake struck Japan five years ago, millions of the Japanese citizens observed the moment of silence, commemorating the victims of the disaster.

    The ceremony in the country's capital of Tokyo that commemorated the victims of the disaster was attended by Japanese Emperor Akihito, as well as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    Some 175,000 people, evacuated due to the 2011 natural disasters and Fukushima accident, still cannot return home, the newspaper reported.

    Related:

    Japan Restarts 3rd Nuclear Reactor After Fukushima Disaster
    Over 70% of Japanese Against Nuclear Power Plants After Fukushima Tragedy
    TEPCO Ordered to Pay People Evacuated Voluntarily After Fukushima Disaster
    Fukushima Lawsuits Against Tokyo, TEPCO Total Over $1Bln
    Tags:
    tsunami, Fukushima nuclear disaster, Emperor Akihito, Shinzo Abe, Japan
    Community standardsDiscussion