Japan marks quake and tsunami anniversary
(BBC) Japan is marking the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck the north-eastern coast, killing thousands.
The magnitude 9.0 quake, the most powerful since records began, also triggered a serious nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Thousands of people were evacuated as radiation leaked from the plant.
There were memorial services, and a minute’s silence was observed at the exact moment the quake hit.
The main memorial ceremony was held at Tokyo’s National Theatre. It was attended by Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. (Full story…)