Quake, Tsunami Hit Japan

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A street is flooded after an earthquake and tsunami struck Ishimaki City.

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A woman takes care of her children at a shelter for earthquake affected people in Sendai.

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People walk through debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture two days after the massive 8.9 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the city.

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Futaba Kosei Hospital patients are treated at Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu after being evacuated from the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Futaba town.

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A double portrait of the former Emperor and Empress of Japan Hirohito and his wife found in the rubble at Sendai airport.

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Debris from the tsunami floats in the Ishinomaki Bay.

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These two handout satellite photographs show the Iwanuma-Matsushima area before (L) and after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 12, 2011 at Torinoumi, Japan.

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Smoke billows from fires raging at the port in Tagajo, Miyagi prefecture.

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Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama on Mar. 13, 2011.

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Self Defence troops walk through devastation to search for missing people at Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture.

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Aerial view of Tsunami devastated Kamiishi city, Iwate prefecture Mar. 13, 2011.

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A tsunami survivor stands on debris of houses and beer cans and barrels washed away from a nearby brewery factory.

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A member of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force carries an elderly woman on his back as he evacuates her to an elevated area in the tsunami-hit city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 12. Tsunami alerts are still in effect in coastal areas.

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Smoke rises in the distance behind destroyed houses in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 12.

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People evacuate with small boats down a road flooded by the tsunami waves in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture on March 12.

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A ship is swept by waves after a tsunami and earthquake in Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture March 12.

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People evacuate from their destroyed village after an earthquake in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12.

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Buildings swept by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Miyagi Prefecture on March 12.

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An oil refinery in Chiba City caught fire after an 8.9 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan on March 11.

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Rescue workers attend to injured people in Tokyo.

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Stranded people wait for their train at Kawasaki station after subways and trains were suspended by the earthquake.

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Houses are swept by water, causing many fires, following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011.

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Travelers rest on the floor stranded at the Haneda international airport in Tokyo after a massive earthquake March 11, 2011.

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People look at the smoke rising over the skyline after the earthquake in Tokyo, Japan on March 11. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan causing Tsunami alerts throughout countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.

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A massive tsunami engulfs a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 11.

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Photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows black smoke emerging from a building in Tokyo's Koto Ward shortly after a powerful earthquake hit northeastern Japan on March 11.

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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (left) reacts as he feels an earthquake while attending a committee meeting in the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on March 11.

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Cars and airplanes swept by a tsunami are pictured among debris at Sendai Airport, northeastern Japan on March 11.

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A whirlpool is seen near Oarai City, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 11.

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A person walks on a flooded street after a tsunami hit Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 11.

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A pedestrian road collapsed in the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Urayasu city, Chiba Prefecture, on March 11.

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An oil refinery is on fire following the Tohoku earthquake in Chiba city, Chiba Prefecture, Japan on March 11.

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Evacuees stand around Shinjuku Central Park in Tokyo March 11.

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A photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows a coastal area near Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, inundated after a powerful earthquake triggered a massive tsunami on March 11.