Japan Marks 2nd Anniversary of Quake, Tsunami, Nuclear Disasters

Japan marked on Monday the second anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s northeastern region, left more than 18,000 people dead or missing, and caused the world’s worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, amid slow progress on reconstruction work.

Memorial services will be held in the three northeastern prefectures hit hardest by the tsunami as well as in Tokyo and elsewhere, with a moment of silence planned across the country at 2:46 p.m., the time the magnitude 9.0 quake occurred exactly two years ago.

Along the Pacific coast, some bereaved family members offered a prayer early Monday morning to mourn for their loved ones.