The magnitude of the earthquake was 9.0, the most powerful earthquake ever measured in Japan. About 19,000 are dead and missing. Three prefectures in the Tohoku (north-eastern) region of Japan, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima, have been most seriously damaged. Many cities and towns are still far from reconstruction.
The area around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is still evacuated due to radioactive contamination. There seems to be a long way to go before the survivors recover their normal life.
We thank you for joining us in a moment of prayer for the victims.
Our condolences on so many people's deaths.