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Paper cranes to cover Copley Square on anniversary of Japan earthquake

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  March 8, 2013 02:25 PM

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Colorful paper cranes will stand on Copley Square Sunday as part of an interactive display commemorating the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

Bostonians walking by Copley Square between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be able to fold cranes and add them to the display designed to raise awareness about the disaster and allow people to reflect on its victims.

Nearly 19,000 people died when a 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit of the east coast of Japan March 11, 2011, triggering a powerful tsunami. Three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant suffered meltdowns as a result of the earthquake and tsunami, displacing about 160,000 people.

The handmade cranes will be placed on skewers that will be stuck in cork styrofoam panels placed on the plaza.

The paper cranes will be given to the Japanese Consulate and they will be delivered to victims Japan.

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