Three days after a massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami hit Japan’s east coast, the sufferers are faced with the challenge of survival.
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A family picture lies among the rubble in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami hit Japan’s east coast.
There are just too many bodies. Hundreds of dead have washed ashore on Japan’s devastated northeast coast since last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Others were dug out of the debris Monday by firefighters using pickaxes and chain saws.
SAITO, Japan —The tsunami that devastated Japan’s coast rolled in through a tree-lined ocean cove and obliterated nearly everything in its path in this village of about 250 people and 70 or so houses.
An aerial view shows a residential area during planned outage in Fuji city, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. The planned blackouts were meant to help make up for a severe shortfall after key nuclear plants were left inoperable due to Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.
Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami may cost the global insurance industry as much as $60 billion, which would make the disaster the most expensive ever behind Hurricane Katrina, according to early estimates.
“HELP” sign is written on the ground of Ohara Primary School near a sea coast covered with the rubble in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami hit Japan’s east coast.
With the same mixture of resilience and resignation that has lifted Japan out of previous disasters, many survivors of last Friday’s calamity are calmly pitching in to help themselves and others, taking life one day at a time. Four days on, there is little of the public anger and frustration that so often bursts forth in other countries.
Survivors of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami make hot-water bottles at a shelter Tuesday night, March 15, 2011, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
A woman reacts at the news of her relative’s death in an evacuation shelter for survivors of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
The 180 emergency workers at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi complex are emerging as public heroes in the wake of a disaster spawned by an earthquake and a tsunami.
Dubbed by some as modern-day samurai, the technicians were back at work late Wednesday after a surge of radiation forced them to leave their posts for hours.
A man holds his dog as they wait to be scanned for radiation exposure at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant Wednesday, March 16, 2011, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Firefighters search for missing people in Minamisanriku, northern Japan, Wednesday, March 16, 2011, after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.
Yoshie Murakami cries as she holds a hand of her dead mother in the rubble near the spot where her home used to be Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Murakami’s 23-year-old daughter is still missing, Kyodo said.
Military helicopters dumped loads of seawater onto Japan’s stricken nuclear complex Thursday, turning to combat-style tactics while trying to cool overheated uranium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation. Plant operators also said they were racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on the country’s northeast coast.
Japan’s Self-Defense Forces’s helicopters scoop water off Japan’s northeast coast on their way to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi Thursday morning, March 17, 2011. Helicopters are dumping water on a stricken reactor in northeastern Japan to cool overheated fuel rods inside the core.