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The town that washed away

<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. Officials fear more than half of the 19,000 residents of Otsuchi may have perished in the tsunami.
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A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. Officials fear more than half of the 19,000 residents of Otsuchi may have perished in the...more

A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. Officials fear more than half of the 19,000 residents of Otsuchi may have perished in the tsunami. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>A Japanese rescue worker walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A Japanese rescue worker walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A Japanese rescue worker walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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

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<p>A survivor pushes his bicycle through remains of devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A survivor pushes his bicycle through remains of devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A survivor pushes his bicycle through remains of devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in the devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in the devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in the devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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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>Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011.REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Japanese rescue workers clear the rubble among destroyed homes in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers clear the rubble among destroyed homes in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers clear the rubble among destroyed homes in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Japanese rescue workers stand with their tools among destroyed homes in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. 
REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers stand with their tools among destroyed homes in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers stand with their tools among destroyed homes in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Buildings burn following an earthquake in Otsichi town, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011.  REUTERS/YOMIURI</p>

Buildings burn following an earthquake in Otsichi town, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

Buildings burn following an earthquake in Otsichi town, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI

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<p>Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in the devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. 
REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in the devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in the devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>A Japanese man covers his face as he walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

A Japanese man covers his face as he walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A Japanese man covers his face as he walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011.
REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in devastated town of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Japanese rescue workers stand with their tools among destroyed homes in residential area of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. 

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers stand with their tools among destroyed homes in residential area of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers stand with their tools among destroyed homes in residential area of Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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<p>Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in front of a Shinto shrine in residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. 

 REUTERS/Damir Sagolj </p>

Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in front of a Shinto shrine in residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in front of a Shinto shrine in residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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