On March 11th, 2011, a massive earthquake struck Tōhoku, Japan, causing huge amounts of damage and triggering a deadly tsunami which claimed the lives of around 16,000 people. 2,500 people are still unaccounted for after the disaster, which was one of the deadliest in Japan's history.
Now, eight years after that terrifying day, the country is coming together to remember the lives lost on the anniversary of their passing.
Today is the 8th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern #Japan. The red line… https://t.co/mDTJt3n5UC— Yumi Asada (@Yumi Asada)1552265784.0
Today is 8 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Search 3.11 on https://t.co/vaR7UGN6jM and Yahoo will donat… https://t.co/tlki3ktkzR— 羽生結弦feed！ (@羽生結弦feed！)1552235297.0
Many people's lives were shaped by the tsunami, even if their friends and family were fortunate to survive.
Today is 3/11 which is date of Great east Japan earthquake. 8 years have passed since that day today. My home and o… https://t.co/rIdBV5YUBZ— KTJ-TAKA (@KTJ-TAKA)1552263794.0
So many people still live temporary housing. The corpses of many people have not been found. I can't help every peo… https://t.co/eLtkjyODvd— KTJ-TAKA (@KTJ-TAKA)1552264211.0
Prayers for the region were sent in from all over the world.
I never forget what happened in 11th March 2011 at 2:46 pm in Japan, north east area. I just want to pray for all t… https://t.co/UVqEPOxuK5— Taro(世界のまたろー@ロンドン) (@Taro(世界のまたろー@ロンドン))1552261536.0
Today is also the day we remember the Great East Japan Earthquake. I lived in Tohoku not long after the tsunami so… https://t.co/LsQgLVlALH— ria🌝 @ NINTH 3.20 O-EAST (@ria🌝 @ NINTH 3.20 O-EAST)1552264837.0
Japan's train system will be shutting down at the exact time the earthquake struck eight years ago in remembrance.
Trains will stop exactly at 2:46PM in Tokyo today. The time the great east Japan Earthquake struck 8 years ago toda… https://t.co/rcn4z3yk1V— Robert Speta (@Robert Speta)1552265550.0
LOOKING BACK ON HEISEI - Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami On March 11th, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsun… https://t.co/glcKmDzFIs— NHK WORLD News (@NHK WORLD News)1551877349.0
Please refer to the silent prayer to #JAPAN time 14:46. #PrayForTohoku #PrayForJAPAN #earthquake #AsianTwitter— ＷＡＮＴＳＵＤＯＮ(👫わんつぅ丼👏) (@ＷＡＮＴＳＵＤＯＮ(👫わんつぅ丼👏))1552264173.0
The destruction caused by the tsunami is still being repaired even today.
Today, on the 8th anniversary of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, we join the Japanese people in mourning th… https://t.co/ppVgmGByss— 駐日ロシア連邦大使館 (@駐日ロシア連邦大使館)1552258383.0
Tragedy often brings out the best side of humanity.
Russia was with Japan on those difficult days. A rescue squad of Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations was one o… https://t.co/afzhvHoyhV— 駐日ロシア連邦大使館 (@駐日ロシア連邦大使館)1552258386.0
On the 8th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the embassy remember all those lost and affected. Austra… https://t.co/kpyQlaccZd— Australia in Japan (@Australia in Japan)1552262403.0
Today we remember the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. Our thoughts are with the victims and all those who have… https://t.co/yk7xCESFw5— Signe Brudeset (@Signe Brudeset)1552267067.0
Images of the devastation are still shocking, years later.
@rugbyworldcup Here's a look back at Japan's 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, 8 years on #津波 #東日本大震災 https://t.co/jS22jERN07— TicToc by Bloomberg (@TicToc by Bloomberg)1552016478.0
Many will remember hearing news of the tsunami for the rest of their lives.
@kotetsutoysjp I was living in New Zealand when this happened...; I heard about it and started checking sites for w… https://t.co/A7VGKASIzz— Michael Stancel (@Michael Stancel)1552271471.0
@yumi_asada I stayed near the damaged area for a summer many years ago and hope those recovering are doing well. Th… https://t.co/5brnmEREOg— twilightSamurai (@twilightSamurai)1552291362.0
@NHKWORLD_News Videos of this event are still too painful for me to watch after experiencing it. I continue to pray for complete recovery.— Jul Clunis (@Jul Clunis)1552061281.0
Japan remains strong—they continued to march forward despite the heartbreak of March 11, 2011.
@NHKWORLD_News Remember this. It looked like something out of a movie— RetardedWWELogic (@RetardedWWELogic)1552027770.0
@NHKWORLD_News @_Chisaki_1 I remember this & praying so hard for everyone.— Linda (@Linda)1551996608.0
On this day, Tōhoku is in the world's thoughts.
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@yumi_asada https://t.co/OIvYRrxkti— Michael Perri🦏 🕯👣 (@Michael Perri🦏 🕯👣)1552274695.0