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Minute's silence for quake victims

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 - 01:25

Mar 18 - Japan holds a minute of silence to mark the one-week anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Jessica Gray reports.

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Survivors across Japan hold a moment of silence amid the rubble of devastated communities. They are commemorating the one-week anniversary of the worst earthquake on record and the tsunami that killed more than 6,400 people in the island nation. Some 10,000 are still missing. Officials in Tono city also held a moment of silence, with many there hoping Japan can overcome this tragedy. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) 51-YEAR-OLD TONO MUNICIPAL OFFICE EMPLOYEE RURIKO OKUDERA "Looking at footage on TV of people who have evacuated, I can sense that everyone is trying to cope from breaking into tears. Everyone is sharing their feelings and I hope to do the best we can." Workers in Rikuzentakata, once a picturesque seaside town, stood quietly amid debris, while sirens wailed in the background. The death toll here is 453. Meanwhile, over 200 died in Ofunato city, while a quarter of its 42,000 homes were destroyed. And what wasn't obliterated by the magnitude-9 earthquake was washed away by the tsunami. Bodies are still being recovered from the wreckage. Jessica Gray, Reuters

Minute's silence for quake victims

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 - 01:25

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