On March 11 Japan marked the one-year anniversary of of the devastating earthquake-tsunami that killed at least 16,000 people. This earthquake-tsunami was the worst catastrophe the nation has suffered since World War II. The magnitude-9.0 earthquake unleashed a tsunami that swelled to more than 65 feet.
The tsunami then triggered a radiation leak at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate when a 20-kilometer radius around the Fukushima plant was ruined, becoming no-man's land.
The tragedy resulted in a heavy loss of lives, devastated entire parts of the country, and brought down the government.
To mourn such a tragic event, people across the country observed a minute's silence at 2:46 pm- the moment the earthquake struck. Thousands of people commemorated the dead with bells and prayers.