11 Sep '11, 1am

Pictures: Silence as Japan marks six months after March 11 earthquake and tsunami

Pictures: Silence as Japan marks six months after March 11 earthquake and tsunami

Hundreds of Soma residents gathered to release 1,000 balloons in a event by Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto to mourn the tsunami victims one day before the six-month anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. -- PHOTO: AFP MINAMISANRIKU, Japan (AFP) - Black-clad mourners fell silent in a devastated Japanese coastal town on Sunday, six months after an earthquake and tsunami left 20,000 dead or missing and sparked a nuclear crisis. About 2,000 people observed a moment's silence at a public gymnasium in Minamisanriku in memory of 900 people who were killed in the March disaster, which also destroyed 60 per cent of the town's buildings. It was one of a string of events planned along the Pacific Coast which was ravaged by huge waves following the 9.0-magnitude tremor that struck 130km offshore at 2.46 pm on March 11. 'We never give up hope and vow t...

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