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Japanese remember 18,000 tsunami victims 7yrs after tragedy

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

Seven years Japan was put into national mourning, Japanese in Tokyo and along northeast coast have remember tsunami that killed over 18,000 people and triggered meltdowns at Fukushima nuclear power plant.

It was reported that residents in coastal towns observed a moment of silence on Sunday, for the magnitude-9.0 offshore earthquake that triggered the tsunami struck in 2011.

The tsunami overwhelmed sea walls and washed away buildings, cars and entire neighborhoods as it swept inland.

The Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, said at an official ceremony in Tokyo that reconstruction was making steady progress, but that more than 70,000 people were still displaced from their communities and many would never be able to return.

According to him, cleaning up the still-radioactive nuclear plant remains a daunting challenge that will take decades.

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