Japan two years after tsunami

Japanese people observed a moment of silence Monday to remember those lost in the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster two years ago.

Japan To Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake And Tsunami

NAMIE, JAPAN - MARCH 10: Policemen stand at a checkpoint in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, prior to the second anniversary commemoration of the tsunami and earthquake on March 10, 2013 in Namie, Japan. Japan on March 11 will commemorate the second anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami, that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Japan To Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake And Tsunami

NAMIE, JAPAN - MARCH 10: Policemen stand at checkpoint in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, prior to the second anniversary commemoration of the tsunami and earthquake on March 10, 2013 in Namie, Japan. Japan on March 11 will commemorate the second anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and following tsunami, that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Japan To Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake And Tsunami

NAMIE, JAPAN - MARCH 08: Policemen stand at checkpoint in the village of Tsushima on March 8, 2013 in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Japan is preparing to commemorate the second anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives. (Photo by Ken Ishii/Getty Images)

Lost pets of Fukushima

A cows which are escaped from a farm across the street in Namie town, where is inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, December 25, 2011, in this handout photo relased by UKC Japan. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their pets.

Pet rescue

United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan) Representative Director Yasunori Hoso speaks in front of a destroyed house in Namie town, inside the 20km exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, January 28, 2012. Dogs and cats that were abandoned in the Fukushima exclusion zone after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their pets. Picture taken January 28, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Pet rescue

A dog is rescued by members of United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan) in Namie town, which is inside the exclusion zone of 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, December 25, 2011, in this handout photo released by UKC Japan. Dogs and cats that were abandoned after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their pets. Picture taken December 25, 2011. REUTERS/UKC Japan/Hanout (JAPAN)

Pet rescue

A cow which escaped from a farm is removed from a highway by members of United Kennel Club Japan (UKC Japan) in Namie town, where is inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, December 25, 2011, in this handout photo relased by UKC Japan. Dogs and cats that were abandoned in the Fukushima exclusion zone after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their pets. Picture taken December 25, 2011. REUTERS/UKC Japan/Hanout (JAPAN)

Pet rescue

A cows which are escaped from a farm across the street in Namie town, where is inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, December 25, 2011, in this handout photo relased by UKC Japan. Dogs and cats that were abandoned in the Fukushima exclusion zone after last year's nuclear crisis have had to survive high radiation and a lack of food, and they are now struggling with the region's freezing winter weather. A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11 triggered the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and forced residents around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to flee, with many of them having to leave behind their pets. Picture taken December 25, 2011. REUTERS/UKC Japan/Hanout (JAPAN)

Best news photos of 2011

Japanese police officers carry a body during search and recovery operation for missing victims in the area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2011. In the background is part of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex.