March 11th, 2012
12:48 AM ET

Prayers, tears as Japan marks 1 year since massive earthquake

apan gathered Sunday amid tears, prayers and a moment of silence to mark one year since a massive earthquake and tsunami killed thousands and triggered a nuclear crisis.

Throngs nationwide observed a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. local time (12:46 a.m. ET), the exact time the earth shook on March 11, 2011.

The 9.0-magnitude quake literally shifted the earth's axis and unleashed a wall of water that swept away lives, homes and sent millions of people fleeing for higher ground.

Nearly 16,000 people died and 3,000 others remain missing.

Later Sunday, citizens will continue to mark the anniversary across the country, with a main ceremony at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to attend and offer remarks.

He recently addressed rebuilding efforts, which represent Japan's greatest challenge since the end of World War II. Total damage is estimated at about 25 million yen, or roughly $300 billion so far.

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  1. hamsta

    A terrible trajedy madd worse by the green energy whackos.nuclear is the king of green energy and now noone can live there or at cherynobel for at least 1000 panels have toxic chemicals in them and so do those energy efficient cfl light bulbs.wind turbines kill birds.dams and hydroelectric generators kill fish.geo thermal comes with the risk of a volcanic eruption.everything these green energy whackos think of is more destructive than why did they block the keystone pipeline?

    March 11, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. ©

    @Good Evening Hamsta.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. ? ? ?

    @ hamsta, how MANY times MUST one tell you why its being blocked? Because the MAJORITY of the citizens of this nation dont want it!!! It is too BIG a threat to our foodsource, for too FEW jobs.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. ? ? ?

    And by foodsource, im talking for food for ALL creatures in the US, even the rodents! Its toxic as was explained to you by bobcat on the omelette thread. Or do you just have *me, me, me tunnel vision?*

    March 11, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. ? ? ?

    The risks to our lands and water supplies greatly outnumber the number of jobs that would be created. Bobcat told you this once already today. Is your attention span really that short? And none of this has anything to do with the topic here!

    March 11, 2012 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. ®

    Explained not only by bobcat, but by mama, too. Always about anyone who disagrees with you, rooster boy. Neo-con repub idiot who would rather drink the coolaid of the radical,right rabids that will put this country into a war where the drones will reach the us.....but keep chickenheading the gop, because that's what you do best. Why are you still breathing my oxygen, you waste of leftover protoplasm? Go drink some of the Gulf water.

    March 11, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. ? ? ?

    As are you it seems! Second to the biggest fake in blogville, who probably is your brother, as he got all the education and you got none! What is becomming painfully obvious is you NEED a lobotomy!

    March 11, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. hamsta

    @? and you left wing tree hugging hippies know nothing.gulf of mexico seafood is just fine after the largest oil spill in united states history.think bush fumbled the ball for katrina?bush looked like a genius compared to obama.bp made it obvious the private sector handles emergencies better than the government.bp compensated me for lost wages and made fema look like morons.but you tree hugging hippies make oil sound so bad my question is :where is the environmentally friendly energy source?WAKE UP STUPID IT DOESNT EXIST.every green energy source you envirowhackos talk about is worse than oil.

    March 11, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      amen. Couldn't have said it better myself!

      March 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jj

      Intereresting the comments after that post hamsta. See how they deflect deny the the plain truth to your comment. It's the liberal way. Pretty sick.

      March 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ? ? ?

    @ hamsta, a lolipop looks like a genius next to you.

    March 11, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Isnt this the thread about the earthquake in j/a/p/a/n a year ago? I sincerely hope these people are having an easier time of it but i doubt it. I pray it gets better for them. And wth cares bout the beverly hillbilly crude in that country? No one!

    March 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    This tragedy has lessons for other countries including ours. Time is to pay attention to our own aging Nuclear power set up.

    March 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hamsta

    @jj ya they always call me stupid tell me i need meds or have something else mean to say but when i return the favor they cry like i did something wrong.maybe they need to put their meds sister takes the same meds and she is mean and hateful because i didnt wake up bright and early on my only day off and drive 40 miles to fix her car for free.

    March 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ hamsta, its not so much WHAT you say as it is HOW you say it! And good afternoon to you both, jj and hamsta. Read your post about them lame ass light bulbs jj and agree. I hate em!

    March 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Just as i hate them telling me i HAVE to buy cable, that should be my choice. Not enough focus on what they SHOULD be doin and TOO MUCH on what they dont need to do.

    March 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    I wonder how long it will be until Japan gets back to normal, if ever?
    Wow, I cannot believe that a year has passed already...such a sad situation.
    So much loss of life.

    March 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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