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Japan remembering thousands lost, thousands missing on earthquake, tsunami third anniversary

Japan Tsunami quake

FUKUSHIMA, Japan – Residents in Japan are taking time out to remember the victims of that devastating earthquake and following tsunami three years ago.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Japan triggering a tsunami with 30-foot waves.

According to the National Police Agency of Japan, more than 15,000 people were killed and more than 2,600 others are still missing.

On this somber anniversary, many people are visiting the memorial tower, praying for the victims.

In Fukushima, experts said the nuclear threat is still serious.

More than 130,000 people cannot live in their homes.

Japanese officials said there are still many problems to solve before full recovery.