Japan marks 1 year since quake, tsunami disaster

Japan marks 1 year since quake, tsunami disaster

Credit: Getty Images

Families release a paper lantern into the sky in commemoration of the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami, on March 11, 2012 in Natori, Japan. On the one year anniversary, the areas most affected by last year's earthquake on March 11, 2011 and subsequent tsunami that left 15,848 dead and 3,305 missing according to Japan's National Police Agency, continue to struggle. Thousands of people still remain without homes, living in temporary dwellings. The Japanese government faces an uphill battle with the need to dispose of rubble as it works to rebuild economies and livelihoods. Across the country people are taking part in ceremonies to pay respects to the people who lost their lives

Print
Email
|

by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 12 at 2:40 PM

 RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan  - Across Japan, people marked the anniversary of the March 11, 2011, disaster that killed just over 19,000 people and unleashed the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

People paused at 2:46 p.m. -- the moment the magnitude-9.0 quake struck a year ago -- for moments of silence, prayer and reflection about the enormous losses suffered and monumental tasks ahead.

Japan must rebuild dozens of ravaged coastal communities, shut down the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant and decontaminate radiated land so it is inhabitable again.

These are enormous burdens on a country already straining under the weight of an aging, shrinking population, bulging national debt and an economy that's been stagnant for two decades.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reminded the Japanese people that they have overcome many disasters and difficulties in the past and pledged to rebuild the nation so it will be "reborn as an even better place
 

Print
Email
|