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Japan: Lantern lighting ceremony held for victims of earthquake disaster01:43

Japan: Lantern lighting ceremony held for victims of earthquake disaster

Japan, Masuda, Miyagi prefecture
March 11, 2016 at 13:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

A lantern lighting ceremony marking the 5th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster was held in Masuda, Miyagi prefecture on Friday.

Footage captured lit-up laterns and students performing dance routines to honour the victims of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, and those who died in the twin natural disaster.

Ceremonies are being held across the country on March 11, to commemorate victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake which struck at 2:46pm on March 11, 2011, levelling much of the Tohoku coastline and causing the deaths of around 18,000 people.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster was triggered by the subsequent tsunami which led to equipment failures that triggered a loss-of-coolant accident at the facility. A nuclear meltdown and the release of radioactive materials followed. Over 300,000 people were forced to evacuate the area due to high levels of radiation.

Japan: Lantern lighting ceremony held for victims of earthquake disaster01:43
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A lantern lighting ceremony marking the 5th anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster was held in Masuda, Miyagi prefecture on Friday.

Footage captured lit-up laterns and students performing dance routines to honour the victims of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, and those who died in the twin natural disaster.

Ceremonies are being held across the country on March 11, to commemorate victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake which struck at 2:46pm on March 11, 2011, levelling much of the Tohoku coastline and causing the deaths of around 18,000 people.

The Fukushima nuclear disaster was triggered by the subsequent tsunami which led to equipment failures that triggered a loss-of-coolant accident at the facility. A nuclear meltdown and the release of radioactive materials followed. Over 300,000 people were forced to evacuate the area due to high levels of radiation.

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