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People cry as they observe a minute of silence at 2:46 p.m., the time that the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit six months ago, as they commemorate the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami on September 11, in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The earthquake triggered a tsunami wave of up to ten meters which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan and also damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades. The current number of dead and missing is reportedly estimated to be 22,900.