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Japan marks earthquake anniversary

Japan has commemorated the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami which claimed more than 18,000 lives and led to the Fukishama nuclear disaster in 2011. Families prayed at the graves of relatives who died, while others distributed food and drink to neighbours, as many communities continue to struggle following the magnitude 9.0 quake. Many villages were destructed and yet to be revived.

Japan marks earthquake anniversary
A family attends commemoration ceremony on March 9, 2014 in Koriyama, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
A family attends commemoration ceremony on March 9, 2014 in Koriyama, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
A family clean around a grave before praying for their family members who lost their lives in the tsunami three years ago, at Kouganji Temple on March 9, 2014 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
A man offers a prayer in front of former Otsuchi City Hall damaged by the tsunami three years ago on March 9, 2014 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
Chieko Miura (L) is thanked by her neighbor after giving fish to her outside their temporary houses on March 9, 2014 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
A destroyed car remain at tomioka station, located about 10km from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 9, 2014 in Tomioka, Fukushima, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
A gate to exclusion zone is seen in abandoned town, located about 8km from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 9, 2014 in Fukushima, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
A damaged house remains in abandoned town, located about 10km from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 9, 2014 in Tomioka, Fukushima, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)
Japan marks earthquake anniversary
An elderly woman walks along a street where buildings were washed away by the tsunami three years ago, on March 9, 2014 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Getty Images)