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Lights dimmed at some Japan landmarks

In an effort to save electricity and to acknowledge deaths in the earthquake and tsunami, the lights were shut off at some of Japan's best-known landmarks overnight, including the Tokyo Tower and Yokohama's Bay Bridge.

March 12, 2011|By Molly Hennessy-Fiske | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

The lights went out overnight at some of Japan's best-known landmarks in an effort to save electricity and acknowledge the dead following the country's worst earthquake to date.

The Tokyo Tower and Yokohama's Bay Bridge were among the sites that chose to shut off power after Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, according to Kyodo News Agency.

The operators of the Tokyo Tower told the news agency that the shutdown was also an effort to express condolences to relatives of those who died in the disaster.

In photographs taken after the disaster, the iconic tower also appeared to have been bent by the quake, generating speculation on Twitter.

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