Fukushima: Japan mourns victims of earthquake and nuclear disaster ten years on

Emperor Naruhito and Prime Minister Suga took part in a memorial for the more than 20,000 estimated victims, while singer Lady Gaga leant her support.

TOKYO — An earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear disaster.

Japan on Thursday marked 10 years since a triple catastrophe crippled its northeastern region, killing thousands and leaving a trail of devastation that has left many survivors still struggling to piece their lives back together a decade on.

The magnitude 9.0 quake, the strongest in the country’s history, struck on 11 March, 2011.

It set off a tsunami that swept far inland, destroying towns and causing meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

More than 20,000 people are estimated to have died, mostly in the tsunami, and nearly half a million people were displaced as the region suffered the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl