Magnitude-8.9 Quake, Tsunami Hits Japan

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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
Tsunami debris lies across a railway track in the town of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency.
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This aerial shot shows the tsunami tidal waves moving upstream (left side) in the Naka river at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011.  A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan This aerial shot shows the tsunami tidal waves moving upstream (left side) in the Naka river at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Black smoke raises from a building in Tokyo's waterfront Daiba in Tokyo on March 11, 2011.  A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.(credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Black smoke raises from a building in Tokyo's waterfront Daiba in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.(credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial shot shows a ship sitting on the ground in the port of Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011 after a tsunami tidal wave hit following a a large earthquake.  A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan An aerial shot shows a ship sitting on the ground in the port of Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011 after a tsunami tidal wave hit following a a large earthquake. A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011 after a massive earthquake rocked Japan. massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on March 11, unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011 after a massive earthquake rocked Japan. massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on March 11, unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Broken China wares are scattered on the floor at a porcelain shop following a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. The huge earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Broken China wares are scattered on the floor at a porcelain shop following a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. The huge earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed road at a carpark in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan.  A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed road at a carpark in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo shows the remains of a supermarket in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan.  A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Photo shows the remains of a supermarket in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles rest on a damaged road at a carpark in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan.  A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Vehicles rest on a damaged road at a carpark in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view shows debris that remained on the ground after a tsunami wave to have hit Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011.  A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan An aerial view shows debris that remained on the ground after a tsunami wave to have hit Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows an office in disarray after tremors from a massive off-shore earthquake shook the building and knocked over a row of cabinets in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit Japan on March 11, unleashing a 10-metre high tsunami that tossed ships inland and sparked fears that destructive waves could hit across the Pacific Ocean.  (credit: HIROKI 'DUKE' KOBAYASHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan A picture shows an office in disarray after tremors from a massive off-shore earthquake shook the building and knocked over a row of cabinets in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit Japan on March 11, unleashing a 10-metre high tsunami that tossed ships inland and sparked fears that destructive waves could hit across the Pacific Ocean. (credit: HIROKI 'DUKE' KOBAYASHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Water from the massive tsunami remain on the street of Hakodate city in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on March 11, 2011.  A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.     (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Water from the massive tsunami remain on the street of Hakodate city in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Black smoke rises from an oil industrial complex caused by the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Ichihara city, Chiba prefecture on March 11, 2011. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Black smoke rises from an oil industrial complex caused by the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Ichihara city, Chiba prefecture on March 11, 2011. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents check the damage done to a road a house in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan on March 11, 2011.  A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: FUKUSHIMA MINPO/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Residents check the damage done to a road a house in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: FUKUSHIMA MINPO/AFP/Getty Images)
A shop owner chats with a neighbour as the pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture on March 11, 2011.  The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan A shop owner chats with a neighbour as the pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture on March 11, 2011. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents watch the devastation provoked by a tsunami tidal wave smashing vehicles and houses at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan Local residents watch the devastation provoked by a tsunami tidal wave smashing vehicles and houses at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This aerial shot shows houses in flame after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan This aerial shot shows houses in flame after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This aerial shot shows houses in flame after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan This aerial shot shows houses in flame after being hit by a tsunami at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A tsunami tidal wave smashes vehicles and houses at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan A tsunami tidal wave smashes vehicles and houses at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan
A factory building has collapsed in Suka A factory building has collapsed in Sukagawa city, Fukushima prefecture, in northern Japan on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: FUKUSHIMA MINPO/AFP/Getty Images)
A pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture on March 11, 2011. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Magnitude-8.9 Quake Hits Japan A pedestrian road has collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba prefecture on March 11, 2011. The earthquake shook Japan, unleashing powerful tsunamis that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Injured are treated by rescue workers at the Kudan hall in Tokyo on March 11, 2011 after the ceiling of the hall collapsed following a huge earthquake. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan Injured are treated by rescue workers at the Kudan hall in Tokyo on March 11, 2011 after the ceiling of the hall collapsed following a huge earthquake. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan An aerial shot shows vehicles ready for shipping being carried by a tsunami tidal wave at Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
People stand outside a building following a huge 8.8 magnitude quake to hit Japan in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. The huge earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan People stand outside a building following a huge 8.8 magnitude quake to hit Japan in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. The huge earthquake shook Japan, unleashing a powerful tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo shows the remains of a supermarket in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan Photo shows the remains of a supermarket in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan. (credit: Darren Gubbins/AFP/Getty Images)
This aerial shot shows boats being carried away at a flooded marina in Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011 after a tsunami hit following an earthquake. (credit: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan This aerial shot shows boats being carried away at a flooded marina in Hitachinaka city in Ibaraki prefecture on March 11, 2011 after a tsunami hit following an earthquake. (credit: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
People continue to work in an office after tremors from a massive off-shore earthquake shook the building and knocked over a row of cabinets in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit Japan on March 11, unleashing a 23-foot high tsunami that tossed ships inland and sparked fears that destructive waves could hit across the Pacific Ocean.  (credit: HIROKI 'DUKE' KOBAYASHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan People continue to work in an office after tremors from a massive off-shore earthquake shook the building and knocked over a row of cabinets in Tokyo on March 11, 2011. One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit Japan on March 11, unleashing a 23-foot high tsunami that tossed ships inland and sparked fears that destructive waves could hit across the Pacific Ocean. (credit: HIROKI 'DUKE' KOBAYASHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Waves gently surge against the shoreline of evacuated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii March 11, 2011. (credit: Lucy Pemoni/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan Waves gently surge against the shoreline of evacuated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii March 11, 2011. (credit: Lucy Pemoni/Getty Images)
Will Rogers State Beach is virtually deserted as authorities keep people away from the water as a precaution against a possible tsunami in the wake of a massive earthquake in Japan, on March 11, 2011 in Pacific Palisades, California. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
Disaster In Japan Will Rogers State Beach is virtually deserted as authorities keep people away from the water as a precaution against a possible tsunami in the wake of a massive earthquake in Japan, on March 11, 2011 in Pacific Palisades, California. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
A Self Defence soldier smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby who survived the recent tsunami with her family on March 14, 2011.  (credit: YOMIURI SHIMBUN/AFP/Getty Images)
Japan Earthquake Aftermath A Self Defence soldier smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby who survived the recent tsunami with her family on March 14, 2011. (credit: YOMIURI SHIMBUN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed road at a carpark in Yabuki, in southern Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, 2011 after an earthquake rocked Japan. A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan unleashing a monster 10-metre high tsunami that sent ships crashing into the shore and carried cars through the streets of coastal towns.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
Rescue workers evacuate a resident by helicopter in Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011. More than 1,000 people were feared dead and authorities warned a meltdown may be under way at a nuclear plant after a monster tsunami devastated a swathe of northeast Japan.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
A soldier carries an elderly man on his back to a shelter in Natori city, Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011. More than 1,000 people were feared dead and authorities warned a meltdown may be under way at a nuclear plant after a monster tsunami devastated a swathe of northeast Japan.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows a man (bottom) walking past a Japanese Air Self Defence Force plane pushed into a hangar by the tsunami at a base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
A man comforts a woman as she cries in front of her damaged home in the town of Watari in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
A soldier pulls a rubber boat carrying evacuated people at Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011.Japan battled a feared meltdown of two reactors at a quake-hit nuclear plant, as the full horror of the disaster emerged on the ravaged northeast coast where more than 10,000 were feared dead. An explosion at the ageing Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant blew apart the building housing one of its reactors on March 12, a day after the biggest quake ever recorded in Japan unleashed a monster 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
Residents shelter in an evacuation center at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
after an 8.9 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, March 13, 2011 in Sendai, Japan. The quake struck offshore at 2:46pm local time, triggering a tsunami wave of up to 10 metres which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan. The death toll is currently unknown, with fears that the current hundreds dead may well run into thousands.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
Cars balance amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.
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Japan Earthquake Aftermath
White smokes rises into the air in the badly damaged town of Yamada in Iwate prefecture on March 12, 2011 a day after a massive 8.9 magnitude quake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion at a Japanese nuclear plant triggered fears of a meltdown on March 12, after the massive earthquake and tsunami left more than 1,000 dead and at least 10,000 unaccounted for.
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