Heads bowed during the minute's silence on the anniversary of the earthquake in Japan
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Japan marks earthquake anniversary with minute's silence

The moment Japan was struck by the biggest earthquake it has ever experienced has been marked by a minute's silence during a memorial service in Tokyo.

The earthquake hit at 14:46 local time (05:46 GMT) about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo on 11 March 2011.

Shortly after the quake, an immense surge of water enveloped the north-eastern coast as a tsunami swept cars, ships, and buildings away, crushing coastal communities.

More than 15,800 lives were lost in the twin disasters, and more than 3,000 people remain unaccounted for.

  • 11 Mar 2012