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2011년 3월 30일 수요일

일본 지진 3주 째 - 파괴, 복구, 절망, 공포: Japan 3 weeks after disaster- devastation, recovery, heartbreak, fear.

Japan on 'maximum alert' on Nuke Crisis
Japan's prime minister insisted Tuesday that the country was on "maximum alert" to bring its nuclear crisis under control, but the spread of radiation raised concerns about the ability of experts to stabilize the crippled reactor complex.Prime Minister Naoto Kan told parliament that Japan was grappling with its worst problems since World War II.

"This quake, tsunami and the nuclear accident are the biggest crises for Japan" in decades, said the wan but resolute Kan, dressed in one of the blue work jackets that have become ubiquitous among bureaucrats since the tsunami.
Bid to stop meltdown   

Against the backdrop of the humanitarian disaster, the drama at the power plant has unfolded, with workers fighting fires, explosions, radiation scares and miscalculations in the frantic bid to prevent a complete meltdown.


The plant has been leaking radiation that has made its way into vegetables, raw milk and tap water as far away as Tokyo. Residents within 12 miles of the plant were ordered to leave and some nations banned the imports of food products from the Fukushima region.


Highly toxic plutonium was the latest contaminant found seeping into the soil outside the plant , Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

Safety officials said the amounts did not pose a risk to humans, but they said the finding supports suspicions that dangerously radioactive water is leaking from damaged nuclear fuel rods.
"The situation is very grave," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters Tuesday. "We are doing our utmost to contain the damage."
Kan, meanwhile, faced stinging criticism from opposition lawmakers over the handling of a nuclear disaster stretching into a third week.
"We cannot let you handle the crisis," lawmaker Yosuke Isozaki said in parliament. "We cannot let you be in charge of Japan's crisis management."
Magnitude of Shaking
An earthquake magnitude of 8.9 struck the coast of Japan at the depth of about 17 miles below the earth's surface. Dozens of aftershock, some of magnitude of 6 or greater, were felt after the quake.


Predicted Tsunami Wave Height
The tsunami set off warnings for much of the Pacific basin including the west coast of United States and South America. Officials say waves have not caused major damage in Hawaii and pose no flooding danger in California.


The Evacuation Zones Around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant


Estimates of Possible Exposure Define U.S. Evacuation Zone
The American Embassy recommended on March 17 that Americans within 50 miles of the Fukushima reactors evacuate. The recommendation was based on an analysis by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that predicts possible radiation levels assuming conditions at the plant degrade. It is not based on current radiological conditions. It includes factors like whether containment vessels remain intact and weather patterns, among others. Here are the results of the analysis on March 16.

Japanese and American Evacuation Zones

About 2 million people live within 50 miles of the plant. This is a much larger than the area established by the Japanese, who have advised everyone within 19 miles to evacuate.
Click the following link to get the categorical information such as latest news, nuclear concerns, before and after, photos, and forces of nature on Japan disasters.


Japan on maximum alert over nuke crisis
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Radioactive Water leak Escalates Japan crisis
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Tokyo Electric Power Co., (TEPCO) Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, center, and others bow before a news conference at the company's head office in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 30. The president of the utility that owns Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear complex was hospitalized with hypertension as setbacks mounted at the plant, where experts Wednesday logged the highest radiation yet in nearby seawater.

Students of Okawa Elementary School hug each other at a temporary alternate school before the first school day since the earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture on March 29. The school was damaged and only 34 students out of a total of 108 survived the disaster.
Image: Panoramic image - Destruction in the interior of Sankei Elementary School
Textbooks, drawings and musical instruments are scattered around the damaged classroom of Ohkawa Elementary School, Ishinomaki city, Japan, on March 21. The school, located at the mouth of Kitagami River, was swallowed by a tsunami as students and teachers tried to escape outside after the huge earthquake on March 11. Of 108 students, 21 were confirmed dead and 56 are still missing.

New Suzuki vehicles, destroyed by tsunami waters, are stacked on the company;s lot in Sendai, on March 29. Much of Japan's auto industry, the second largest supplier of cars in the world, remains idle two weeks after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country's northeast coast. Though few plants were seriously damaged by the quake, limited supplies of water and electricity have left many unable to reopen.

A teacher cries during a graduation ceremony at Ashinome kindergarten in Kessenuma, a town affected by the earthquake and tsunami, in Miyagi prefecture on March 28. One pupil and several parents from the school have been reported missing in the disaster.

Workers install a memorial post at a cemetery for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in Kamaishi town, Iwate prefecture on March 29. The sign reads "Tohoru Great Disaster Victims Burial".

Asphalt is used to patch up a damaged road outside Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu, east of Tokyo on March 29. Tokyo Disneyland was shut down after the March 11 earthquake and has been closed ever since. The theme park suffered minor damage, including cracked paths and soil liquefaction.

A man places a board with the name of his destroyed neighborhood in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture on Tuesday, March 29 after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The sign reads "Entrance to Horanosawa".

Protesters hold placards during an antinuclear rally in Tokyo.

A Japanese soldier holds a stretcher as his fellow military members search for victims in Kesennuma

Tsunami-survivors and volunteers from Sri Lanka eat curry and rice cooked by the latter at a refugee center in tsunami-ravaged Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefcture.

A survivor eats a rice ball in front of her destroyed house in the devastated city of Kesennuma

Workers build temporary residency for evacuees from the March 11 quake in Rikuzentakata,

Electricity polls are being erected along a street in the tsunami-ravaged town of Minamisanriku 

Tsunami survivors shop at an open-air market in the town of Yamada, northeastern Japan.

A woman prayed for Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims at Bouddhanath Stupa in Katmandu, Nepal, 

Unidentified tsunami victims were buried in a mass grave in the coastal city of Ishinomaki 3/28/2011

Family members retrieved photographs that belonged to their missing grandparents from debris in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture,

A group of women examined an article found near Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, where roughly 80 percent of the students and teachers were killed or are missing after the earthquake and tsunami

Police officers in protective suits searched for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in Minamisoma 

Ryota Sasaki, 10, checked his haircut in a mirror after a trim at an evacuation center in Saitama, near Tokyo. Ryoto was evacuated from Minamisoma, near the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Despite the fear that radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is pouring into waters off the west coast of Japan, a fisherman collected seaweed near Katsuura, Chiba Prefecture, south of Fukushima.

A survivor of the earthquake and tsunami cut firewood used for heat at a shelter for those who lost their homes in Yamamoto,

Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims received food and clothing distributed by the Japanese Self Defense Force in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, on Monday.

People take a photo March 28 of a ship sitting on top of a tsunami wall at the port in Ishinomaki, 

Earthquake victims wait for medical care at the Ishinomaki hospital March 28 in Ishinomaki. Thousands of earthquake victims are packed into various evacuation centers causing health problems for the elderly and some children living in tight quarters with no privacy.

Earthquake victims recieve food and clothing distributed by the Japanese Self Defense Force in Ishinomaki. On top of the thousands of earthquake victims, the country is still struggling to repair a damaged nuclear power plant that could soon be leaking highly contaminated water into the ocean.

A floating crane is used to remove debris from the port at Oshima island in northeastern Japan.

A worker with the Japanese Red Cross takes care of a patient coming from the earthquake shelters, at the Ishinomaki hospital. More than two weeks after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the sick and injured still receive care in the hallways and common spaces of overcrowded hospitals

A couple sifts through the rubble where their home used to be in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. The tsunami's waters reached near the top of the clock tower in the background, but did not topple it.

Japanese earthquake victims enjoy a makeshift communal bath set up by the Japanese Self Defense Force in Rikuzentakata. With hundreds of thousands made homeless by the quake the baths are essential since the makeshift evacuation centers have little running water. 

Japanese military search a collapsed building for bodies in Kensennuma, Japan. Meanwhile, the country is still struggling to repair a damaged nuclear power plant that has caused serious concerns, massive evacuations and fears over a tainted water supply.

Japanese workers shovel dirt on to coffins containing victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami during a mass funeral in Yamamoto.

Workers clear mud and sludge from the streets Tuesday in Shiogama.


See more Panoramic Images from the disaster in Japan.
아래 링크에서 파노라마 사진을 여러 개 볼 수 있다.
Panoramic image: Sightseeing ship atop house in Otsuchi, Japan


Contamination Spreads near Japan Reactors
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Nuclear Crisis Worsens in Japan

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Scope of Japan Crisis Continues to Widen
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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko talk with evacuees from the earthquake and tsunami at Tokyo Budoh-kan, a shelter acting as an evacuation center on March 30. Emperor and Empress visited the shelter to encourage the 300 evacuees.

A man rides a bicycle in between the ships that were washed ashore by the tsunami, March 30, in Kesennuma.

Japanese fireman place identification and location information on the remains of a victim they recovered from the rubble in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan on March 30.

U.S. military and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers help clean mud from tsunami floodwaters in a high school gymnasium during their joint operation, March 30, in Ishinomaki, northeastern Japan

Japanese civic group members protest against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) over the nuclear leakage at the comnpany's Fukushima nuclear power plant outside the TEPCO headquarters in Tokyo on March 30. Japan was considering plans to drape shattered nuclear reactor buildings with special covers to limit radiation, and pump contaminated water into a tanker anchored offshore.

Buddhist monk Shinsho Higuchi of Saikoji temple finds out a funeral urn of one of the temple's supporters has been swept away by the tsunami as he checks the damage of at his temple's cemetery in tsunami-devastated city of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 30

People wait in line to receive aid in a destroyed part of Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture

Fishermen take a break from cleaning the port devastated by a tsunami two weeks ago at the island of Oshima March 25, 2011. Through burnt ships and debris, a boat called Sunflower sails to bring food, clothing and families to isolated victims of a devastating earthquake and tsunami on Japan's Oshima Island off the northeaster Sanriku coast. For the survivors, the boat is the only connection between their island with a population of 3,200 and the city of Kesennuma on Japan's main island, which is usually 25 minutes away by ferry.

Volunteers prepare food to be distributed to victims at a shelter for those evacuated from the disaster zone in Rikuzentakata

Tsunami victims pass the time as their clothes dry at the shelter for those evacuated from the disaster zone in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan more than two weeks after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 28, 2011. Japan appeared resigned on Monday to a long fight to contain the world's most dangerous atomic crisis in 25 years after high radiation levels complicated work at its crippled nuclear plant.

A woman helps clean up a sporting goods store in downtown Kesennuma on Tuesday.

Residents try to establish normal routines in towns such as Ishinomaki after earthquake and tsunami. 

An evacuee sleeps on a blanket at a shelter in tsunami-hit area in Rikuzentakata.

Men unload boxes of fish from the hold of a destroyed fishing boat in Kessenuma. The fish were still frozen and were being donated to relief efforts; 310 boxes were unloaded.

Japanese children line up for snacks at an evacuation center in Rikuzentakata.
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Miwa Fujuwala carries her son Hiroto during a food distribution at a centre for evacuated victims in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture, in northern Japan.
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Evacuees are reflected in the window of a collective shelter as they wait for food to be distributed in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, March 19, 2011
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A resident walks on a road near a beach in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuch.
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A stuffed toy is seen amidst rubble with a placard in the back saying 'Let's take care of each other wholeheartedly'  at an area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma.

Workers repair the railway tracks damaged by the March 11 earthquake in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Prefecture.

A tsunami survivor sorts through her belongings on the island of Oshima.

Emergency crews sift through the remains of a property in the suburb of Natori, looking for victims. 

Two Japanese soldiers stop to look at a ship Sunday that was blocking a road they were trying to clear in the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture.

A view of the devastation in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture

A Japanese flag is seen as two men walk through an area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in Taro town, Iwate prefecture on March 29.

A woman is tested for possible nuclear radiation exposure at an evacuation center in Koriayama, about 44 miles from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear reactor, on March 29. Plutonium has been detected in the soil at five locations at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said March 28. The operator of the nuclear complex said that the plutonium is believed to have been discharged from nuclear fuel at the plant, which was damaged by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.


A New View of the Tsunami's Attack 
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Seawalls Fail Japanese Community
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Plutonium Adds to Japan's Nuke Nightmare
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An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in the town of Okuma, taken on March 24 and released March 30.. TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said it will be more than a few weeks to fix the nuclear power plant.

Dangers of Radiation for Workers at Fukushima Daiichi

Inside the buildings of the damaged reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, workers attempting to make repairs are facing dangerous risks from radiation exposure. The burns suffered by two workers on Friday are just one indication of the perilous levels that likely exist in a number of areas in the plant. In these conditions, rapid exposure — in minutes to a few hours — to lethal doses is possible.



A kindergarten worker pours barley tea into cups in Tokyo on March 29. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on March 28, no more radioactive iodine was detected in samples of the city's water, showing that the Tokyo drinking water is now safe for infants. Nevertheless, kindergartens are still using bottled water to prepare barley tea and milk for babies.

An evacuee family carries their belongings after removing them from their destroyed home in the tsunami and earthquake ravaged city of Rikuzentakata on March 29.

US army tech. Sgt. Raymond Decker, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, guides a C-130 cargo plane on a bike because of the lack of guidance lights and airport workers at Sendai Airport, on March 29.

Local firefighters carry the body of 85-year-old Kotomi Murakami from her collapsed house in Rikuzentakata city, Iwate prefecture on March 29. The number of confirmed dead and people listed as missing from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast coast topped 28,000, the National Police Agency said.

New Suzuki vehicles, destroyed by the tsunami after the March 11 earthquake, are piled on the Suzuki company lot in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.

Japanese Coast Guard divers inspect the wreckage of a house in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.

A woman looks through her belongings inside her home in Ishinomaki.

A man walks through a large section of standing water in Ishinomaki,
Rolling blackout in Tokyo
Tokyo residence watch as half of a city block is left in the dark during a rolling blackout in the Shinjuku region of Tokyo, March 29, 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co. implemented a rolling blackout to conserve power in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident.
Rolling blackout in Tokyo
Partial blackouts are seen during rolling blackout in the Shinjuku region of Tokyo, March 29, 2011. 
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Neon signs on electronics shops are tuned off to save energy in Tokyo's Akihabara district
Tokyo citizens sort through relief supplies in Tokyo
People sort through relief supplies at a government building in Tokyo, Japan on March 29, 2011. Japan continues to struggle more than two weeks after a magnitude 9 earthquake and following tsunami struck Japan. The death toll has risen to over 10,000 dead with still thousands missing.
Japan Attempts to Recover from the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami
Members of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force supply with water for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country, at the city office of Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, Japan.
Destruction is seen in the wake of Japan's earthquake and tsunami
Destruction is seen in the wake of last week's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato.
Japan Attempts to Recover from the Massive Earthquake and Tsunami
Members of Japan Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Force unload drum of fuel from destroyer (DE-233) "Chikuma" as they aid in the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country, in Kamaishi.
Destruction is seen in the wake of Japan's earthquake and tsunami
Destruction is seen in the wake of last week's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Ofunato.
Graduates from Okirai Junior High School pose for a photograph after their graduation ceremony at Okirai Kindergarten at Okirai district in Ofunato March 23, 2011. Classes stopped when the junior high school was hit by the March 11 tsunami. Students were kept away when it was used as a temporary morgue for earthquake and tsunami victims. On Wednesday, the students returned for a simple graduation ceremony held for 10 boys and 19 girls.
Graduates from Okirai Junior High School pose for a photograph after their graduation ceremony at Okirai Kindergarten at Okirai district in Ofunato March 23, 2011. Classes stopped when the junior high school was hit by the March 11 tsunami. Students were kept away when it was used as a temporary morgue for earthquake and tsunami victims. On Wednesday, the students returned for a simple graduation ceremony held for 10 boys and 19 girls
Hazuki Oka (R), from Minamisoma in Fukushima, waits for her turn while her brother Yukinari undergoes a screening test for signs of nuclear radiation by a doctor at a health center in Yonezawa, northern Japan, 98 km (61 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear plant, March 22, 2011. Oka's house is almost 25km from the plant and Hazuki and Yukinari didn't show harmful levels of radiation. The world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years was triggered by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left at least 21,000 people dead or missing.
Hazuki Oka (R), from Minamisoma in Fukushima, waits for her turn while her brother Yukinari undergoes a screening test for signs of nuclear radiation by a doctor at a health center in Yonezawa, northern Japan, 98 km (61 miles) from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Oka's house is almost 25km from the plant and Hazuki and Yukinari didn't show harmful levels of radiation. The world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years was triggered by a huge earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that left at least 21,000 people dead or missing.
A bulldozer removes remains from destroyed houses after the earthquake and tsunami near Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, March 22, 2011. Japan faces a mammoth disaster relief and reconstruction effort after its worst-ever earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the country's northeastern coast, killing thousands and spawning a severe nuclear crisis.
A bulldozer removes remains from destroyed houses after the earthquake and tsunami near Minamisanriku town, March 22, 2011. Japan faces a mammoth disaster relief and reconstruction effort.
A car is seen on top of a destroyed building after the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, March 22, 2011. Japan faces a mammoth disaster relief and reconstruction effort after its worst-ever earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the country's northeastern coast, killing thousands and spawning a severe nuclear crisis.
A car is seen on top of a destroyed building after the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town.
Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces carry the body of a victim found in a car amidst the rubble at a destroyed residential area of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, more than a week after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 19, 2011.
Members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces carry the body of a victim found in a car amidst the rubble at a destroyed residential area of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture,
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Keiko Hirota does her laundry at the ruins of her home in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture,March 28, 2011. 
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A girl cries at an evacuation shelter in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, March 29, 2011. 
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Fishermen take a break from cleaning the devastated port  two weeks ago at the island of Oshima,
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Vehicles pass by an area destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami, in Taro town, March 29, 2011. 
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A woman enters her house in Kesennuma town, Miyagi Prefecture,
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Takako Moriya, 77, reacts as she stands next to her house in Motoyoshi town, March 23, 2011. 
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A man, carrying belongings salvaged from his ruined house, stands under a ship brought inland by the tsunami in Kesennuma town, Miyagi prefecture, March 27, 2011. 
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An evacuee looks at food distributed to his family at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata

Displaced beer cases are scattered around a beer brewery in Sendai, northeastern Japan 

A man throws away a TV set damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at a temporary dump site, which was converted from a baseball field, in Sendai on Saturday. Sendai city is providing five temporary dump sites to earthquake and tsunami victims, an officer from the city council said.
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
A replica of the Statue of Liberty stands amidst the devastation caused by the tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture on March 30, 2011
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
Students look at what is left of their junior high school yard in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture.
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
Emperor Akihito, center, and Empress Michiko talk with evacuees at a temporary shelter at the Nippon Budokan, an area in central Tokyo on March 30, 2011.
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
Local residents line up for banking services in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, March 30, 2011.
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
A woman searches through the rubble to look for her belongings on March 29, 2011 in Minami Sanriku
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
The vice president, center, and two employees from Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the tsunami-stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima, bow their heads apologize to evacuees at a shelter in Koriyama.
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
Members of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force search for missing people in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
Makoto Kiwada looks through what is left of his home after a tsunami wave moved it over 200 yards in Rikuzentakata.
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
Fishermen Yutaka Watanabe sits down on top of a roof of a destroyed house while looking for family members in Minamisanriku
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
A ship sits amidst the rubble of a residential neighborhood in Kesennuma, on March 28, 2011.
The Calamity of Japan's 9.0-Magnitude Quake<br />The country reels after a catastrophic earthquake rocked its northeastern coast on March 11, 2011
A woman mourning the loss of a loved one hammers a nail into the coffin lid at a mass funeral in Yamamoto, Miyagi prefecture on March 26, 2011.

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