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<p>The destruction is seen from an aerial view .i.n Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture, March 15, 2011. 

REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd</p>

The destruction is seen from an aerial view .i.n Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd

The destruction is seen from an aerial view .i.n Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd

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<p>Buildings are devastated after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011. 


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Buildings are devastated after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Buildings are devastated after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Houses are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. 

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Houses are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

Houses are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

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<p>A sailboat sits among debris in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, March 15, 2011. 

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A sailboat sits among debris in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley

A sailboat sits among debris in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley

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<p>A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean, in this photograph taken on March 13, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord</p>

A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean, in this photograph taken on March 13, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord

A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean, in this photograph taken on March 13, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord

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<p>Kesennuma City in northeast Japan is seen from a view point on March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

Kesennuma City in northeast Japan is seen from a view point on March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Kesennuma City in northeast Japan is seen from a view point on March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>A man rides a bicycle at an area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

A man rides a bicycle at an area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A man rides a bicycle at an area hit by earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, north Japan, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Damaged ships are seen after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011.

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Damaged ships are seen after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Damaged ships are seen after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

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<p>Survivors make their way through ruins of the residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi, March 15, 2011. 

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Survivors make their way through ruins of the residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

Survivors make their way through ruins of the residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>Smoke rises from a fire at a factory after an earthquake and tsunami struck Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 12, 2011

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Smoke rises from a fire at a factory after an earthquake and tsunami struck Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 12, 2011 REUTERS/Kyodo

Smoke rises from a fire at a factory after an earthquake and tsunami struck Shiogama City in Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 12, 2011 REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Aircraft covered with mud are seen at a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo</p>

Aircraft covered with mud are seen at a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Aircraft covered with mud are seen at a Japan Air Self-Defense Force base in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A ship lifted up into a town by a tsunami following an earthquake is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. 

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A ship lifted up into a town by a tsunami following an earthquake is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A ship lifted up into a town by a tsunami following an earthquake is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A resident cycles past debris in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song </p>

A resident cycles past debris in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

A resident cycles past debris in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>Houses swept out to sea burn following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. 

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Houses swept out to sea burn following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

Houses swept out to sea burn following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

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<p>The destruction is seen from an aerial view .i.n Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture, March 15, 2011. 

REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd</p>

The destruction is seen from an aerial view .i.n Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd

The destruction is seen from an aerial view .i.n Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd

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<p>Rescue workers search for victims in Tamura village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

Rescue workers search for victims in Tamura village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Rescue workers search for victims in Tamura village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Burned-out cars are pictured at Hitachi Harbour in Ibaraki Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. 

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Burned-out cars are pictured at Hitachi Harbour in Ibaraki Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Burned-out cars are pictured at Hitachi Harbour in Ibaraki Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A resident checks a car in an area hit by a tsunami in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, March 13, 2011. 

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A resident checks a car in an area hit by a tsunami in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

A resident checks a car in an area hit by a tsunami in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>Smoke rises after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011. 


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Smoke rises after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Smoke rises after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami hit Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A ship is swept by waves after a tsunami and earthquake in Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture, March 12, 2011.


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A ship is swept by waves after a tsunami and earthquake in Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

A ship is swept by waves after a tsunami and earthquake in Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

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<p>A picture taken from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter shows the central part of the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

A picture taken from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter shows the central part of the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A picture taken from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter shows the central part of the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Overturned cars and debris are seen at a port area hit by a tsunami in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, March 13, 2011. 

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Overturned cars and debris are seen at a port area hit by a tsunami in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

Overturned cars and debris are seen at a port area hit by a tsunami in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

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<p>Smoke rises from houses damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011.

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Smoke rises from houses damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Smoke rises from houses damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Smoke rises over the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon   </p>

Smoke rises over the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Smoke rises over the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>A fire burns at a passenger terminal at Sendai Airport after the airport was swamped by a tsunami in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. 

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A fire burns at a passenger terminal at Sendai Airport after the airport was swamped by a tsunami in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

A fire burns at a passenger terminal at Sendai Airport after the airport was swamped by a tsunami in northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

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<p>Abandoned housing sites remain empty after being swept by tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011.


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Abandoned housing sites remain empty after being swept by tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Abandoned housing sites remain empty after being swept by tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Smoke billows from fire-gutted vessels in waters off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011.

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Smoke billows from fire-gutted vessels in waters off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Smoke billows from fire-gutted vessels in waters off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>This satellite image, obtained March 12, 2011, shows post earthquake and tsunami damage at the Kirin plant in Sendai, Japan, March 12, 2011. 


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This satellite image, obtained March 12, 2011, shows post earthquake and tsunami damage at the Kirin plant in Sendai, Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe

This satellite image, obtained March 12, 2011, shows post earthquake and tsunami damage at the Kirin plant in Sendai, Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe

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<p>A house destroyed by a tsunami and earthquake is seen in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

A house destroyed by a tsunami and earthquake is seen in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A house destroyed by a tsunami and earthquake is seen in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A Japan Self Defense Force helicopter rescues people in Minamisanriku , Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. 

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A Japan Self Defense Force helicopter rescues people in Minamisanriku , Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A Japan Self Defense Force helicopter rescues people in Minamisanriku , Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma, March 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon   </p>

An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Houses are damaged after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011.

REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak</p>

Houses are damaged after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Houses are damaged after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>Cars and airplanes swept by a tsunami are pictured among debris at Sendai Airport, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011.


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Cars and airplanes swept by a tsunami are pictured among debris at Sendai Airport, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

Cars and airplanes swept by a tsunami are pictured among debris at Sendai Airport, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

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<p>Houses swept by a tsunami smoulder near Sendai Airport in Japan, March 11, 2011. 

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Houses swept by a tsunami smoulder near Sendai Airport in Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

Houses swept by a tsunami smoulder near Sendai Airport in Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

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<p>A factory facility burns following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

A factory facility burns following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A factory facility burns following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A ferry is perched on top of a house in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri </p>

A ferry is perched on top of a house in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

A ferry is perched on top of a house in the aftermath of an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

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<p>A destroyed landscape is pictured in Yamada village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

A destroyed landscape is pictured in Yamada village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A destroyed landscape is pictured in Yamada village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma, March 12, 2011.     REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon  </p>

An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Smoke rises from the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak   </p>

Smoke rises from the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Smoke rises from the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>A vehicle is half submerged at a crossroad after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. 
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A vehicle is half submerged at a crossroad after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

A vehicle is half submerged at a crossroad after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>The wreckage of a train destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami is seen near the coastal town of Sendai, March 12, 2011.     REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon   </p>

The wreckage of a train destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami is seen near the coastal town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The wreckage of a train destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami is seen near the coastal town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>An upturned house is seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. 

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An upturned house is seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

An upturned house is seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Cargo containers scattered by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Aomori, northern Japan, March 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

Cargo containers scattered by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Aomori, northern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Cargo containers scattered by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Aomori, northern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>The wreckage of a train destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami is seen near the coastal town of Sendai, March 12, 2011.     REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

The wreckage of a train destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami is seen near the coastal town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The wreckage of a train destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami is seen near the coastal town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>The letters "SOS" are seen written on the ground at Minami Sanriku Elementary School, after an earthquake in Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. 

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The letters "SOS" are seen written on the ground at Minami Sanriku Elementary School, after an earthquake in Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

The letters "SOS" are seen written on the ground at Minami Sanriku Elementary School, after an earthquake in Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

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<p>Cracks are seen on the snow-covered ground in woodlands near the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011.   REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak   </p>

Cracks are seen on the snow-covered ground in woodlands near the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Cracks are seen on the snow-covered ground in woodlands near the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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<p>A large number of cars swept by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

A large number of cars swept by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

A large number of cars swept by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Sendai, northeastern Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>Vehicles are seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. 

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Vehicles are seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Vehicles are seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Vehicles and boats are seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. 

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Vehicles and boats are seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Vehicles and boats are seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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