Ten years ago, Japan suffered a triple catastrophe: an earthquake, a tsunami, and then the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Today the government is commemorating the many deaths.
Fukushima (AP) – Japan today remembered the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster ten years ago. Since early morning, people in the unfortunate region of the north-east of the island kingdom have been praying silently.
At the time, more than 15,000 people died in the floods. About 2500 victims are also officially reported missing. For the 10th anniversary of the disaster, police officers, the coast guard and volunteers have searched their remains again, because the Japanese cannot let their souls rest sooner. At the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the earthquake and tsunami had a disaster. All over the world, it became a symbol of the triple catastrophe known as “3/11”.
Meanwhile, on the 10th anniversary of the disaster, Japanese television broadcaster NHK reported further problems in the Fukushima nuclear ruin. The water level in the basement of the destroyed reactor 3 has risen for reasons not yet clarified. The operator Tepco now wants to investigate whether this was due to a severe earthquake that recently shook the disaster area again. It will take decades for the nuclear ruins to be dismantled. More than 40,000 people are still living uprooted by the disaster.
The government wants to commemorate the victims of the disaster at a memorial event in Tokyo, which will also be attended by Emperor Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako. Last year it was canceled due to the corona pandemic. At 2:46 p.m. local time (6:46 a.m. CET) – the time when the massive earthquake shook the Tohoku region in the northeast of the country on March 11, 2011 – participants and people in many other places observe a minute of silence.
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