Photos: 2011 Japan earthquake anniversary

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Men wearing radiation protective masks work in front of big black plastic bags containing radiated grass from the decontamination operation as cranes and chimneys of Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are seen in the background at an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Namie town, Fukushima prefecture February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan on Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing, and badly damaged a nuclear power plant. A solemn ceremony was held in Tokyo in remembrance of lives lost, and a minute’s silence was observed across the country.