Japan remembers earthquake, tsunami disaster one year later


Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of one of the largest natural disasters ever recorded in Japanese history. Last March after the magnitude 9 earthquake shook Japan and erupted a 75-foot tsunami, over 15,000 people were killed, and several thousand more went unaccounted for. One year later, Japan is still picking up the pieces and working to bridge their country back together.

Here’s an excerpt from the Japan Times on how many parts of the country will recognize the anniversary:

Several major railways serving the greater Tokyo area will briefly halt their trains Sunday afternoon as part of disaster drills on the first anniversary of the Tohoku quake and tsunami disasters.

East Japan Railway Co. will not stop its trains Sunday, but each of the JR East branches planned tsunami drills Saturday and Monday and its employees were to offer silent prayers for the disaster victims.

On Sunday, Tokyu Corp., Sagami Railway Co. and four other private railway companies will stop their trains at 2:46 p.m., the time the earthquake hit eastern and northeastern Japan.

Tokyu and Sagami will ask their passengers to observe a moment of silence to remember the victims, company officials said.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Tokyo Metro Co. said they will halt their subway trains at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Below are a few photos from Steven Lustofin in Japan:

About to start filming at what was once a beach, now littered with debris. #Japan http://t.co/m7289Hl7

— Steven Lustofin (@StevenLustofin) March 10, 2012

Multiple spots of the city are still devastated to even begin cleanup after 1 year. #Japan http://t.co/fos5C6sY

— Steven Lustofin (@StevenLustofin) March 10, 2012

Operation of business completely destroyed. #JapanLIVE http://t.co/Tqgbr1QC

— Steven Lustofin (@StevenLustofin) March 10, 2012

Most of Iwaki has been cleaned up, but most businesses have been boarded up for good. #JapanLIVE http://t.co/3QOagytw

— Steven Lustofin (@StevenLustofin) March 10, 2012

Approaching Iwaki, These ships were swept over a mile from the ocean (right) and still here. #JapanLIVE http://t.co/9CZEz3yR

— Steven Lustofin (@StevenLustofin) March 10, 2012

The Daily Telegraph has an interactive webpage that allows you to see the effects of the tsunami with video included.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/10/japan-remembers-earthquake-tsunami-disaster-one-year-later/

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