Japan fell silent at 2:46 pm on Monday, exactly one month after the north-east of the country was devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami, killing some 25,000 people and spawning an unresolved nuclear crisis.
AP - People along Japan’s devastated northeastern coast paused Monday to remember victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that killed up to 25,000 people and unleashed a nuclear crisis that engineers are still struggling to contain.
From France 24's Observers in Japan
“Even after a month, I still cry when I watch the news,” said Marina Seito, 19, a student at a junior college who recalled being in a basement restaurant when the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit March 11. Plates fell and parts of the ceiling crashed down around her.
Nuclear safety official Hidehiko Nishiyama apologized for the worry and inconvenience caused by the radiation spilling from the plant, where cooling systems still have not been restored and likely won’t be for several months. Contamination leaking into the ocean and into soil has raised concerns about the safety of food including fish, vegetables and milk.
Japanese and U.S. troops fanned out along the coast for another all-out search by land, air and sea on Sunday managed to find 103 bodies.
Date created : 2011-04-11