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Last Updated: Monday April 11 2011 07:22 GMT

JAPAN: Survivors remember quake victims

woman prays in Japan

It's been a month since Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake, which triggered a tsunami that flattened much of the north east coast.

Rescue workers in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture

Rescue workers are still picking through the wreckage. At least 13,000 people were killed in the disaster and 150,000 lost their homes.

Police officers in protective suits observe a moment of silence for those who were killed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami

On 11 April people across Japan fell silent to remember all those who lost their lives in the quake. These policemen are wearing special suits to protect them from radiation.

Victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami observe a minute of silence at a shelter in Kamaishi, Iwate prefecture

Thousands of people are still living in temporary shelters. These people live in Kamaishi in north-east Japan. They're praying for all those who died in the quake.

Man cycles in Kesennuma

Experts believe it will take a long time to get everything back to normal. The rescue effort has been hit by snow - and now some towns, like Kesennuma, are flooded.

Ship swept ashore

It's hard to imagine how difficult life is for survivors. This massive ship was swept ashore in the port of Kamaishi during the tsunami.

A member of a British search and rescue team looks out from the window of a damaged house surrounded by debris from the tsunami.

Some children living in areas devastated by the quake have now gone back to school. This little boy in Ishinomaki has taken time out of pray for quake victims.

ship in Otsuchi

People are trying to carry on with their lives, but the impact of the earthquake and tsunami is hard to ignore.