Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Top photo: Yui Goto and her son Kotaro fold their hands together as they observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m., the time at which the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck at Shobuta beach on March 11, 2014 in Shichigahama town, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
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Archival Middle photo: OTSUCHI, JAPAN - APRIL 18: A boat rests atop a building in tsunami-ravaged Otsuchi in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture on April 18, 2011.
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Archival Bottom photo: Ruined Ishinomaki City is seen on March 23, 2011 in Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan. A 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck Japan offshore on March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan and also damaging the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades. The number of dead and missing ammounted to over 25,000 people.
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