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Japan Earthquake: Five years on
Five years on from the tsunami that triggered meltdowns at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, the page is anything but turned. A magnitude 9 earthquake and towering tsunami on March 11, 2011 killed nearly 16,000 people along Japan's northeastern coast and left more than 2,500 missing. The 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings.
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April 11, 2011
A volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos...
OFUNATO, Japan
Volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos...
A volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos are placed to dry at a volunteer centre in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 12, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 21, 2011
A damaged car is seen in a cemetery at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in...
WATARI, Japan
A damaged car is seen in a cemetery at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in...
A damaged car is seen in a cemetery at an area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in Watari, Miyagi prefecture, April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 21, 2011
A piano is submerged in water in the area devastated by tsunami in Rikuzentakat March 21, 2011. Japan...
Rikuzentakat, Japan
A piano is submerged in water in the area devastated by tsunami in Rikuzentakat
A piano is submerged in water in the area devastated by tsunami in Rikuzentakat March 21, 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 spawned a severe nuclear crisis.
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March 08, 2012
Students walk near a geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.12 microsievert per hour, at Omika...
MINAMISOMA, Japan
Students walk near a geiger counter at Omika Elementary School in Minamisoma
Students walk near a geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.12 microsievert per hour, at Omika Elementary School, located about 21 km (13 miles) from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, March 8, 2012, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The reopened elementary school, which is the nearest one located to the crippled nuclear power plant, had 205 students before the March 11, 2011 disasters. However, only 91 students remained following its reopening on October 17, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ANNIVERSARY ENVIRONMENT)
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July 09, 2014
Mikio Watanabe holds a portrait of his late wife Hamako under photographs of his ancestors and Hamako...
Kawamata Town, Japan
Watanabe holds a portrait of his late wife Hamako at his home at Yamakiya district in Kawamata town,...
Mikio Watanabe holds a portrait of his late wife Hamako under photographs of his ancestors and Hamako (top R) at his home at Yamakiya district in Kawamata town, Fukushima prefecture June 23, 2014. In July 2011, nearly four months after the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered a series of catastrophic failures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Hamako Watanabe returned to her still-radioactive hilltop home, doused herself in kerosene and set herself on fire. She left no suicide note, but her husband Mikio, who discovered her charred body, says plant operator Tokyo Electric is directly responsible. A district court in Fukushima is expected to rule in late August on Watanabe's lawsuit, which Tokyo Electric (Tepco) is contesting. Watanabe's house is still in an exclusion zone, where traffic is restricted to former residents and decontamination crews and he regularly commutes to maintain the empty home. Picture taken June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER POLITICS ENERGY)
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March 17, 2011
Survivors react after collecting their belongings at their destroyed house in a village hit by an earthquake...
OTSUCHI, Japan
Survivors react after collecting their belongings at their destroyed house in a village hit by an earthquake...
Survivors react after collecting their belongings at their destroyed house in a village hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi, northeast Japan March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 05, 2011
People walk at an area that was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture,...
MIYAKO, Japan
People walk through the damaged town of Miyako, prefecture of Iwate and evacuation zone on Northern Japanese...
People walk at an area that was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in Miyako, Iwate prefecture, April 5, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 14, 2011
A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high...
Nihonmatsu, Japan
Girl who has been isolated at makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation...
A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels, looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011, after a massive earthquake and tsunami that are feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ANIMALS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 17, 2012
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 1 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE...
Fukushima, Japan
Empty shopping street is seen in Tomioka town
ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE IS 1 OF 22 TO ACCOMPANY A PICTURE PACKAGE ON THE EVACUATED TOWNS INSIDE THE 20KM EXCLUSION ZONE AROUND THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. SEARCH KEYWORD "FUKUSHIMA" TO SEE ALL IMAGES PXP900-921.

An empty shopping street is seen in Tomioka town, inside the exclusion zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture, January 15, 2012. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit on March 11, 2011 by a tsunami that exceeded 15 metres in some areas. The tsunami knocked out the plant's cooling systems, resulting in meltdowns of nuclear fuel, and became the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years. The government announced in December that reactors at the plant had reached a state of cold shutdown, a milestone in cleanup efforts and a pre-condition for allowing the return of about 80,000 residents evacuated from a 20km (12 miles) radius of the Daiichi plant. The government also said it would draw up new evacuation zones by the end of April, and areas where annual radiation levels are currently higher than 50 millisieverts would not be deemed suitable for living for at least five years. Picture taken January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 12, 2011
Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area...
KORIYAMA, Japan
Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area...
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, March 13, 2011. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano confirmed on Saturday there has been an explosion and radiation leakage at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The biggest earthquake to hit Japan on record struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT ENERGY IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E88U0STU01.
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March 28, 2011
A man walks next to port area destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in Miyagi prefecture...
Kessenuma, Japan
A man walks next to port area destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in Miyagi prefecture...
A man walks next to port area destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in Miyagi prefecture 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. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E74S05GS01.
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February 20, 2012
A worker screened for radiation as he enters the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric Power Co....
Fukushima, Japan
Worker screened for radiation as he enters emergency operation center at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima...
A worker screened for radiation as he enters the emergency operation center at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture February 20, 2012. Members of the media were allowed into the plant on Monday ahead of the first year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake for the second time since the disaster, which triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY BUSINESS DISASTER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
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March 11, 2012
Wakana Kumagai, 7, visits the spot where her house, which was washed away by the March 11, 2011 tsunami,...
HIGASHIMATSUSHIMA, Japan
Kumaga visits the spot where her house, which was washed away by the March 11, 2011 tsunami, used to...
Wakana Kumagai, 7, visits the spot where her house, which was washed away by the March 11, 2011 tsunami, used to stand in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture March 11, 2012, to mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis. Kumagai's father Kazuyuki called his wife Yoshiko just after the March 11, 2011 earthquake to tell her to take the children to Omagari elementary school which was serving as a shelter. He was found near the shelter four days after the tsunami, Yoshiko said. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY DISASTER)
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April 27, 2011
Japan's Empress Michiko talks to an evacuee of the tsunami and earthquake, at a shelter in Minamisanriku,...
MINAMISANRIKU, Japan
Japan's Empress Michiko talks to an evacuee of the tsunami and earthquake, at a shelter in Minamisanriku...
Japan's Empress Michiko talks to an evacuee of the tsunami and earthquake, at a shelter in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Hiro Komae/Pool (JAPAN - Tags: ROYALS SOCIETY DISASTER)
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March 13, 2011
Elderly people warm themselves with blankets at a Japanese Red Cross hospital after being evacuated from...
Ishinomaki, Japan
Elderly people warm themselves with blankets at a Japanese Red Cross hospital after being evacuated from...
Elderly people warm themselves with blankets at a Japanese Red Cross hospital after being evacuated from the area hit by tsunami in Ishinomaki March 13, 2011. Japan faced a growing humanitarian crisis on Sunday after its devastating earthquake and tsunami left millions of people without water, electricity, homes or heat. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E73I1PVD01.
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May 10, 2011
Employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) bow to evacuees from Kawauchi village as they prepare for...
KAWAUCHI VILLAGE, Japan
TEPCO employees bow to evacuees from Kawauchi village as they prepare for brief return to their homes...
Employees of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) bow to evacuees from Kawauchi village as they prepare for a brief return to their homes inside the restricted zone of a 20km radius around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, at a gymnasium in Kawauchi village, about 22km (14 miles) from the plant in Fukushima prefecture May 10, 2011. Residents of the Japanese village forced to evacuate after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster two months ago faced a stark reality and uncertain future when they returned briefly to their abandoned homes on Tuesday. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 27, 2011
A woman reacts while using a mobile phone as she looks at her house destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami...
Kessenuma, Japan
A woman reacts as she looks at her house destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in...
A woman reacts while using a mobile phone as she looks at her house destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in Miyagi prefecture 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. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 31, 2011
A man walks at a residential area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern...
Ishinomaki, Japan
A man walks at a residential area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern...
A man walks at a residential area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern Japan March 31, 2011. Pressure grew on Thursday for Japan to expand an evacuation zone round its stricken nuclear plant where radiation hit 4,000 times legal limits in nearby sea and hindered the battle to contain the world's worst atomic crisis since Chernobyl. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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March 10, 2012
Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at Kitaizumi beach...
MINAMISOMA, Japan
Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at Kitaizumi beach...
Buddhist monks offer prayers for victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at Kitaizumi beach in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture, some 25 km (15 miles) from the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant March 10, 2012, a day before the disaster's one-year anniversary. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11 last year unleashed a tsunami that killed about 16,000 and triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. About 326,000 people are still homeless and nearly 3,300 remain unaccounted for. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ANNIVERSARY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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