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Japan Earthquake: Two Months Later

Sankei via Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Japan held a moment of silence Wednesday to remember the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit the country exactly two months ago to the day.

So far, 14,949 people have been confirmed dead from the March 11 disasters, while close to 10,000 others are still listed as missing.

Nearly 80,000 people remain displaced, unable to return to their homes within the 12-mile area of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant -- which was crippled by the 9.0 magnitude quake -- because of radiation exposure and fears of a nuclear meltdown.  Thousands more are also expected to leave their homes in the next few weeks as the government issues more evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, 120,000 others are still living in evacuation shelters, unable to move into temporary homes that are being built, or unwilling to leave their hometowns.

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One Month Later: Japan Remembers Quake, Tsunami Victims

JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- People across Japan fell silent Monday afternoon as they reflected on the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit their country exactly one month ago, leaving thousands dead and lingering fears of a nuclear meltdown.

At 2:46 p.m., sirens sounded to mark the exact time the 9.0 magnitude quake struck the country on March 11, spawning a massive tsunami afterwards that has left up to 25,000 people dead and thousands more displaced from their homes.

Dozens of aftershocks have since rocked Japan, with the latest one striking Monday, a 7.1 magnitude tremor that prompted yet another tsunami warning.

The initial quake crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, leaving it on the verge of a nuclear meltdown as plant operators work around the clock to cool the damaged reactors and prevent more radiation from seeping into the environment.  Radiation has already been detected in the water and soil in and around the damaged plant, as well as in tap water, milk and various vegetables.

The natural disasters have also taken a toll on Japan's economy and the auto industry.

Leading Japanese automakers, like Toyota and Honda, had been forced to shut down all vehicle production in the country following the March 11 earthquake.  The halt in production compromised the availability of parts and automobiles worldwide and had an adverse effect on stock markets.

But the Japanese auto industry appears to be bouncing back.  Toyota announced last week that it would resume vehicle production at all of its Japanese plants on April 18, while Honda said it would reopen two auto assembly plants in Japan Monday.

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New Zealand Holds Moment of Silence for Quake Victims

Photo Courtesy - Martin Hunter/Getty Images(CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand) -- New Zealand fell silent for two minutes Tuesday as mourners across the country remembered the earthquake that struck Christchurch exactly one week before.

The moment of silence began at 12:51 p.m. -- the precise time the 6.3 magnitude quake hit, causing widespread damage and killing 155 people, according to the latest police statement.  Dozens of others are still believed to be missing.

Estimates show the cost to repair all the destruction the quake and its several aftershocks left behind could run up to $15 billion.

On another note, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced a relief package Monday to provide financial assistance to employees whose jobs were affected by the quake.

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