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March 11, 2011
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The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, is seen in the distance of 7.5 miles from a helicopter Saturday morning. A strong earthquake on the day before knocked out power at the plant, and because a backup generator failed, the cooling system was unable to supply water to cool the 460-megawatt No. 1 reactor, extreme left of four cubic housings sitting in a line in background.