In pictures: Japan marks a decade since tsunami, Fukushima nuclear catastrophe

With a second of silence, prayers and anti-nuclear protests, Japan on Thursday mourned about 20,000 victims of the big earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan 10 years in the past, destroying cities and triggering nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.

Paper lanterns are lit for the victims of Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster on its tenth anniversary, in Tokyo on Thursday. The disaster killed a whole bunch and precipitated the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

Japan fell composed at 2: 46 p.m. native time to worth the minute that an earthquake started 10 years in the past, ahead of setting off a tsunami and nuclear catastrophe that devastated the nation’s northeast cruise.

One survivor acknowledged Thursday that he fears folks are initiating to neglect the disaster. Carrying bouquets of flora, many walked to the seaside or visited graves to hope for relations and firm washed away by the water.

Dignitaries and representatives of the survivors spoke at a memorial — however most watched the ceremony on-line or on tv because of restrictions to dumb the coronavirus pandemic.

The 9.0 magnitude quake that struck on March 11, 2011 — one in all many agreeable on file — precipitated a wall of water that swept a methods inland, destroying cities and inflicting meltdowns on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. About 20,000 are estimated to like misplaced their lives because of disaster.

Under, see how folks marked the anniversary throughout Japan, the have an effect on within the days in the mean time following the disaster and the way issues like modified since then.

Remembrance and advise

At Thursday’s nationwide memorial supplier in Tokyo, attendees positioned flora in entrance of an altar for the victims. Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had been amongst these observing a second of silence on the memorial. The governmenthas acknowledged this is the preferrred 12 months it will manage a nationwide commemoration for the disaster.

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In Natori, Miyagi prefecture, folks unleashed balloons with attached messages.


In Futaba, Fukushima prefecture, folks standing attain candles watched as fireworks lit up the sky to worth the anniversary.

(Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

In Hirono, Fukushima prefecture, paper lanterns had been launched into the night sky to mourn victims.


An anti-nuclear rally grew to become as soon as additionally held in Tokyo in entrance of the headquarters of Tokyo Electrical Vitality Co., the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

(Issei Kato/Reuters)

Then and now

The occasions following the quake had been gross for a lot of in Japan and farther afield, as explosions launched radiation into the air and technicians labored furiously to clutch a success upon at to sit back the ability plant’s nuclear gasoline by pumping in seawater.

This mix report reveals, on prime, the tsunami- nuclear energy plant in Fukushima prefecture on March 17, 2011, six days after the earthquake and tsunami, and the equivalent see in February this 12 months.


Ten years on, greater than 40,000 folks are aloof unable to advance abet house, and areas attain the wrecked plant are aloof off-limits because of contamination from the preliminary radiation fallout.

Right here, a mixture report reveals, on prime, a toll street lined with cherry bushes on April 19, 2012, in Tomioka in Fukushima prefecture, designated as off-limits because of radiation leaks on the nuclear energy plant, and the equivalent toll street in January this 12 months after entry restrictions had been partly lifted.


Roads, educate traces, properties and diverse key infrastructure like largely been rebuilt within the catastrophe-hit draw on the worth of greater than 30 trillion yen ($346 billion Cdn). 

This mix report reveals, on prime, wreckage in Onagawa, a tsunami-hit city in Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 18, 2011, and a industrial advanced constructed within the equivalent standing, pictured in January this 12 months.


No-trip zones

Nonetheless no-trip zones keep in substances of Fukushima, the place shops and properties had been deserted and cordoned off and enormous quantities of radioactive raze from decontamination pile up. 

Right here, streets that lead into some residential areas are closed with barricades and are indicated with indicators for the exclusion zone in Tomioka city, Fukushima prefecture, in February this 12 months. The no-trip zone sits on its northeastern nook inside about 10 kilometres of the wrecked nuclear energy plant.

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The internal of an deserted restaurant is seen within the exclusion zone in Tomioka city.

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A group patrol vehicle strikes amid abandoned properties in Futaba city, Fukushima prefecture, in February. The properties are within the standing that worn to be designated as a result of the nuclear disaster exclusion zone, nevertheless the phase of the zone has been lifted since March 2020.

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A clock at a hearth set in Futaba city reveals a couple of minutes after 2: 46, the time when the big earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011.

(Hiro Komae/The Related Press)

Lives modified

Larger than 18,000 folks died within the disaster, largely within the tsunami, and just about half of 1,000,000 folks had been displaced. The governmentrecognizes one different 3,700 — largely from Fukushima prefecture — who died of causes linked to the disaster, very like stress.

Right here, a girl who misplaced her husband and grandchild within the disaster prays in entrance of the grave in Miyako, Iwate prefecture, on Thursday.


About 10 kilometres south of the wrecked energy plant, rice farmer Naoto Matsumura defied a govt evacuation present correct by plot of the disaster 10 years in the past and stayed on his farm to defend his land and the cattle deserted by neighbours. He is aloof there, although dozens of neighbouring properties keep empty.

Under, Matsumura speaks correct by plot of an interview with The Related Press at his house in Tomioka city, Fukushima prefecture, in February this 12 months.

(Hiro Komae/The Related Press)

Hazuki Sato grew to become as soon as 10 when she fled from her important faculty in Futaba amid nuclear fears within the aftermath of the tsunami. Now a Futaba city official, she’s making ready for the coming-of-age ceremony that’s conventional for Japanese 20-year-olds, hoping for a reunion in town so she will be able to reconnect together with her outdated classmates who like scattered.

Right here, she visits a playground she worn to play at frequently ahead of the disaster in Futaba city in February.

(Hiro Komae/The Related Press)

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