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10 Years After The Nuclear Disaster In Fukushima, These Photographs Show How People Are Mourning

A 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown killed almost 16,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

Posted on March 11, 2021, at 5:25 p.m. ET


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A resident throws leaves, bearing messages to loved ones, into the sea in Soma, Fukushima, Japan.

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An artist performs a dance on the beach to commemorate the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2021, in Iwaki, Fukushima.

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Buddhist monks pray for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami at a beach on March 11, 2021, in Iwaki, Japan.

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Takao Fujisaki, whose daughter and grandson died in the 2011 tsunami, prays in front of the grave on March 11, 2021, in Namie, Japan.

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Japan's Emperor Naruhito, accompanied by Empress Masako, delivers his speech in front of the altar for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as they attend the national memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the disaster, in Tokyo, March 11, 2021.

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Left: A combination photo shows smoke (top) rising in an area in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 12, 2011, a day after the earthquake and tsunami disaster, and the same area on Feb. 12, 2021. Right: A tsunami-devastated area (top) in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, northeastern Japan, pictured from a helicopter on March 13, 2011, and a memorial park created in the same area (bottom).

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Mariko Odawara holds flowers as she prays to mourn the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and triggered the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, on its 10th anniversary, in Iwaki, Fukushima, March 11, 2021.

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Paper lanterns are lit to mourn the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11, 2021.

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Lit candles form characters that read "memory" and "connecting future" at the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum in Futaba town, Fukushima, on March 10, 2021, the eve of the 10th anniversary.

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Event staff launch a traditional Japanese kite, with messages by children living in Fukushima with their dreams and hope, at the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum in Futaba town, Fukushima, on March 10, 2021.

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A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami at a beach on March 11, 2021, in Iwaki, Japan.

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A man searches for the remains of people who went missing after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2021, in Iwaki, Japan.

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People pray in Hirono, Fukushima, at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2021, the time the massive earthquake struck northeastern Japan exactly 10 years ago.

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Balloons are released to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, on March 11, 2021, in Ishinomaki, Japan.

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A priest prays at the former site of a shrine in the tsunami-devastated northeastern Japan town of Futaba in Fukushima in memory of its victims on March 11, 2021.

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A woman lays flowers at a beach in the tsunami-devastated northeastern Japan city of Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.

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People unleash balloons attaching messages to mark the 10-year anniversary of the disaster that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis, in Natori, Miyagi, Japan.

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Flowers for the victims of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami are placed on a beach on March 11, 2021, in Iwaki, Japan.

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Local residents release lanterns for earthquake and tsunami victims in Koriyama, Fukushima, on March 11, 2021.





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