Two Years Since 9.0M Japanese Earthquake

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EUGENE, Ore. — Monday marks the two-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan and killed thousands.

In Tokyo, there was a moment of silence to commemorate the horrific event on Mar 10, 2011.

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that decimated Japan’s northern coast. Nearly 19,000 people died or went missing, although the official number of those that perished will never be known.

The earthquake also crippled the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, unleashing radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean.

People on the Oregon coast also marked the anniversary. The Hatfield Marine Science Center formerly dedicated a new exhibit, which featured part of the Japanese dock that washed ashore near Newport last summer.

The exhibit not only commemorates this disaster, but also raises awareness about the earthquake and tsunami risk in the Pacific Northwest.

The American Red Cross says that people need to be prepared for disasters by having emergency kits at home and in their vehicles, along with a household evacuation plan.

“Making a plan, building a kit and getting informed are the key elements in emergency preparedness,” said Maree Wacker, regional executive for The American Red Cross Oregon Region.

The Red Cross is offering free disaster preparedness classes on Mar. 28 from 6-7 p.m. More information about the event and disaster preparedness can be found at the www. redcross.org.

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