The earthquake and tsunami that killed or lost over 18,000 people has been remembered five years later on.
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Emperor Akihito were in attendance during the memorial for the Japan tsunami that was held in Tokyo. They joined the whole nation in a moment of silence that happened at exact the same moment when earthquake took place.
The quake had a magnitude of 9.0 and struck offshore and resulted into a vast water surge that destroyed the north-east coast.
The worst nuclear disaster in the world, Chernobyl, was also triggered by the earthquake at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear firm.
Water found its way into the plant and took the cooling systems offline and thus set off a series of meltdowns.
Five years after the disaster, most people have not made it back home in spite of the huge decontamination work.
The earthquake happened on the 11th of March 2011 and is recorded as one of the most powerful.
However, the resulting tsunami led to the deaths of many people as sea water via coastal areas of Tohoku flattened entire towns and villages.
The quake was recorded at exactly 05:56 GMT and it’s the time when Japanese all over the country bowed down in honor of the victims.
During the ceremony, Emperor Akihito said that most of the victims are in the verge of ageing and that there are some who are in places they cannot be able to reach
The PM, before the anniversary reached, stated that Japan needs nuclear power and that they cannot do without it.
After the Fukushima disaster, all the nuclear plants in Japan are ordered offline as concerns on security continue to arise. This has thus forced the country to depend on power obtained from expensive fossil fuel that has been imported.
The residents have opposed the move to restart a few of the plants saying that very little has been implemented in attempts to maintain safety.
At the start of this week, there are two plants that were shut down due to safety concerns.
As the radiation scale became clear, a total of 470, 000 people were evacuated from the Fukushima area.
Millions has been used by the government in the reconstruction process but most of the people are yet to get the courage to go back.
Japan’s reconstruction Prime Minister, Takagi Tsuyoshi, made a promise that the work would soon come to completion.
However, most of the survivors still have emotional difficulties regarding the matter.