- Title: JAPAN: Country marks one week anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
- Date: 19th March 2011
- Summary: OFUNATO CITY, IWATE PREFECTURE, JAPAN (MARCH 18, 2011) (REUTERS) PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE AT GAS STATION AMID RUBBLE AND DEBRIS ROAD AMIDST RUBBLE AND DEBRIS PEOPLE WALKING DOWN ROAD AMIDST RUBBLE AND DEBRIS PEOPLE AT GAS STATION VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT GAS STATION PEOPLE OBSERVING MINUTE OF SILENCE TO MARK ONE WEEK FROM EARTHQUAKE MORE OF PEOPLE OBSERVING MINUTE OF SILENCE
- Embargoed: 3rd April 2011 13:00
- Location: Japan, Japan
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVA1YVROVBXKB8GAC5B53X1MJ3R8
- Story Text: Residents in what remains of Ofunato city joined the rest of Japan on Friday (March 18) in a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the massive earthquake, which struck northeast Japan exactly a week earlier, and tsunami that engulfed coastal towns.
A siren sounded 2.46 p.m. (0546 GMT) to mark the start of the silence for the thousands who lost their lives when the double disaster happened exactly a week earlier (March 11).
The death toll in Ofunato currently stands at 208.
About a quarter of houses in the coastal city of 42,000 were destroyed. Very few buildings were left standing.
The fishing industry that has flourished in this bayside town facing the Pacific is certain to reel from the calamity.
The number of confirmed deaths from the 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami has reached 6,405 and 10,259 are still missing, the national police agency said.
Iwate Prefecture has reported 1,907 people dead and 4,253 missing.
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