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Japan marks 1-1/2 years since earthquake

People pray Tuesday before a fishing vessel stranded inland by the March 2011 tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.

Publication Date : 13-09-2012


Tuesday marked 1-1/2 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

In hard-hit Kesennuma, people gathered in front of a large fishing boat left stranded by the devastating tsunami and prayed for the people who died in the disaster.

The tsunami carried the 60-metre-long, 330-ton Kyotoku Maru No. 18 about 800 metres inland from Kesennuma Port, where the vessel had been moored. The municipal government is considering preserving the vessel in the Shishiori district as a symbol of the threat posed by tsunami.

"Every time I see it, I can't help but feel like praying," Makiko Onuma, a volunteer from Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, said. Onuma visits Kesennuma every month.

According to the National Police Agency, 15,870 people died in the disaster, while as of Monday, 2,814 people remain missing from six prefectures, including Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.


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