Japan falls silent to mark decade since tsunami disaster

HISANOHAMA, JAPAN (AFP) – Japan fell silent yesterday to mark 10 years since the worst natural disaster in the country’s living memory: a powerful earthquake, deadly tsunami and nuclear meltdown that traumatised a nation.

A minute’s silence was observed across the country at 2.46pm local time, the precise moment a 9.0 magnitude quake hit off the northeast coast on March 11, 2011.

Around 18,500 people were killed or left missing in the disaster, most of them claimed by the towering waves triggered by one of the strongest quakes ever recorded.

More details on Friday’s Borneo Bulletin