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SENDAI (Kyodo) A memorial ceremony took place Sunday in Kurihara, Miyagi Prefecture, on the first anniversary of a powerful earthquake that killed 15 people and left eight others missing in the northeastern Japanese prefecture and its vicinity.

Prior to the event, local residents, including those who are still taking shelter at evacuation facilities, observed a moment of silence at 8:43 a.m. — the time the magnitude 7.2 temblor hit the area a year ago.

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