Japan falls silent to mark decade since tsunami disaster

Japan fell silent on Thursday to mark 10 years since the worst natural disaster in the country's living memory: a powerful earthquake, deadly tsunami and nuclear meltdown that traumatised a nation. People gather at the tsunami-hit area, praying and observing a minute's silence at 2.46pm local time (0546 GMT), the precise moment a 9.0 magnitude quake hit off the northeast coast on March 11, 2011.