11 Sep '11, 10am

Silence as Japan marks six months after tsunami

Silence as Japan marks six months after tsunami

MINAMISANRIKU, Japan: The people of Japan fell silent in prayer on Sunday, six months after an earthquake and tsunami left 20,000 dead or missing and sparked a nuclear crisis. At 2:46pm, the eerie wail of warning sirens rang out, marking exactly six months since the the 9.0-magnitude quake struck, unleashing towering waves which swallowed whole communities. In towns along the devastated Pacific coastline, mourners gathered to remember the dead, while in Tokyo anti-nuclear rallies were held over the Fukushima crisis -- the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In the coastal town of Minamisanriku, where 900 people were killed and 60 percent of the buildings were destroyed, about 2,000 people dressed in black gathered at a public gymnasium to observe a moment's silence. "We never give up hope and vow to unite as one in building a new town so that we can m...

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