Rikuzentakata, Japan: 5th Anniversary of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

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Rikuzentakata, Japan: 5th Anniversary of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

People throughout Japan and around the globe held a moment of silence to mark the 5th anniversary of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami which occurred on Friday, March 11th, 2011.

The earthquake caused buildings to shake and knocked things off shelves, but then a large tsunami raced onto land destroying everything in its path.

People paused to remember the estimated 20,000 people who died in the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that was seen around the globe.

Japan’s emperor and empress joined Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a televised memorial ceremony.

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** Pictures from MSNBC and NBC News: **

Currently, the area is slowly recovering, but the crippled Fukushima Nuclear plant remains closed.  

The Fukushima Nuclear meltdown forced the evacuation of some 160,000 people.

The Japanese coast guard has resumed underwater searches for some of the more than 2,500 people still missing from that earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s northeast coast.

On Thursday, March 10th, 2016, at least 6 divers entered the near-freezing temperatures of Hirota Bay at the behest of surviving families in Rikuzentakata, Japan.

As reconstruction of the region gains pace and stretches of the bay have been reclaimed for building new sea walls.

Authorities are saying that more than 2,500 people remain missing in the region, including more than 200 people in Rikuzentakata, Japan.

Relatives fear that the remains of their loved ones might be buried forever.

Authorities are saying that nearly 16,000 have been confirmed dead which brings the presumed death toll to more than 18,000.

**** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of Friday, March 11th, 2011. ****

** Picture above is from the United States Navy and Wikimedia Commons: **

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