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Japan Faces Nuclear Crisis After Deadly Earthquake, Tsunami

Japan is dealing with a major nuclear crisis following the deadly magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

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March 27, 2011: Protesters hold placards during an antinuclear rally in Tokyo.

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March 27, 2011: A Japanese soldier holds a stretcher as his fellow military members search for victims in the tsunami and earthquake ravaged city of Kesennuma, northeastern Japan.

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March 27, 2011: Tsunami-survivors and volunteers from Sri Lanka eat curry and rice cooked by the latter at a refugee center in tsunami-ravaged Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefcture.

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March 27, 2011: A survivor eats a rice ball in front of her destroyed house in the devastated city of Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture.

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March 27, 2011: Tsunami survivors shop at an open-air market in the town of Yamada, northeastern Japan.

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March 27, 2011: Electricity polls are being erected along a street in the tsunami-ravaged town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture.

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March 27, 2011: Workers build temporary residency for evacuees from the March 11 quake in Rikuzentakata, northeastern Japan.

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March 19: A survivor of Japan's tsunami has lunch at an evacuation center in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.

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March 19: A local man rests near Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo's usually busy streets have been quiet since a nuclear crisis triggered by the disaster prompted the U.S. and other governments to recommend against travel to Japan due to the risk that radioactive contamination might spread.

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March 19: Family members on a bus part from father in Koriyama, northern Japan after an earthquake and its subsequent tsunami. The bus service for Niigata station at Japan Railway Koriyama station resumed.

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March 19: Survivors of Japan's tsunami pack on the floor at an evacuation center in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northern Japan. (AP)

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March 19: Firemen search for remains in the river in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, over a week after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's northeastern coastal towns. (AP)

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March 19: Residents try to avoid strong wind blowing in the earthquake- and tsunami-devastated town of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP)

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March 19: Firefighters carry the wrapped body of Kuniko Kitamura, 69, out of the ruins of her home in Onagawa, northeastern Japan, following the last week's earthquake and tsunami. (AP)

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March 18, 2011: Trucks carrying relief supplies drive a road amid the rubble at Onagawa town, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

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March 18: People stand in line to wait for water supply in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan just one week after the earthquake and resulting tsunami.

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March 18: Survivors press their hands together in prayer to mourn their relatives at the devastated town of Onagawa, northeastern Japan, just one week after a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami.

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March 18: Akira Iwai, 67, walks around looking for his friend in the earthquake- and tsunami-devastated city of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan.

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March 18: Refugees wait for supplies at an evacuation center in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan.

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March 18: A survivor observes a moment of silence to the wail of siren at the devastated town of Yamada, northeastern Japan, just one week after a massive earthquake and resulting tsunami.

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March 17: Evacuees keep them warm with a stove as solar power battery illuminates at an evacuation shelter in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan.

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March 17: Chinese people wait at a check-in area at Narita airport, near Tokyo.

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March 17: A local resident cycles past a ship that was washed into the port town by Friday's tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.

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March 17: Residents walk through the rubble in an earthquake and tsunami-hit area in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.

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March 17: In this photo made off NHK TV video footage, a Japan Self-Defense Force helicopter dumps water over the No. 3 unit of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture.

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March 16: Firefighters transport evacuees from a makeshift shelter to a temporary nursing home in the snow in Ishinomaki, northern Japan.

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March 16: Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel conduct a search operation following the March 11 earthquake triggered tsunami at Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

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March 16: A girl receives radiation exposure scanning in Koriyama, northern Japan.

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March 16: A woman is scanned for radiation exposure at a temporary scanning center for residents living close to the quake-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

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March 16: Firefighters search for survivors in the snow in Minamisanriku, northern Japan.

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March 16: Reiko Miura, 68, cries as she looks for her sister's son at a tsunami-hit area in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.

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March 16: Firefighters operate heavy machinery in the snow while seeking survivors beneath an overpass in Otsuchi, northern Japan.

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March 16: In this photo made off NHK TV video footage, a Japan Self-Defense Force helicopter scoops water off Japan's northeast coast on its way to the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture.

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March 16: In this image made from footage taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co. via Kyodo News, white smoke rises from the No. 1 unit of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in Okumamachi, northeastern Japan.

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March 15: A woman carrying a girl on her back walks in a devastated area during a search operation in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast on Friday.

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March 15: Firefighters inspect the damage on a building ruined by Friday's earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

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Smoke continues to billow from an devastated area in Kesennuma, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Atsushi Taketazu) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
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Villagers walk across sea of debris after they visited their home destroyed by tsunami in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Tuesday, March 15, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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A truck dangles from a collapsed bridge in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroshi Adachi) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
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A woman wears layers of blankets and gloves to stay warm at a makeshift shelter at Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's east coast. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers, mobilized to wash away radioactive material emitted from a nuclear power plant damaged by Friday's earthquake, put on protective gear on their arrival in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE
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Officials wearing clothing to protect against radiation directs people to a center to scan residents who have been within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant damaged by Friday's earthquake Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Officials wearing clothing to protect against radiation work in a center to scan residents who have been within 20 kilometers of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant damaged by Friday's earthquake Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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March 14: A Red Cross rescue worker, in red, is scanned for signs of radiation upon returning from Fukushima to his hospital in Nagahama, Shiga Prefecture.

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March 14: Chief Naval Air Crewmen Kyle Wilkinson, right, from Baldwinsville, N.Y., assigned to Naval Air Facility Misawa, helps remove debris during a cleanup effort at the Misawa Fishing Port in Misawa, Japan.

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March 14: Evacuees line for meals in a shelter in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan.

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March 14: Soldiers of Japan Self-Defense Force and firefighters search for the victims in the rubbles in Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

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March 14: Self-Defense Force members inspect the devastated area before they use heavy machinery in Noda village, northern Japan.

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March 14: Firefighters work during a search operation in the rubble of buildings in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.

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March 14: A bird flies in front of damaged buildings in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.

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March 14: Men search for their relatives at a tsunami-devastated area in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture.

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March 14: In this image made off Japan's NTV/NNN Japan television footage, smoke ascends from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's Unit 3 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan. The second hydrogen explosion in three days rocked Japan's stricken nuclear plant Monday, sending a massive column of smoke into the air and wounding 11 workers. (AP/NTV/NNN Japan)

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March 14: Rescue workers carry an elderly man found alive by tsunami survivors buried under rubble along a slope of a hill in n Minami Sanrikucho in Iwate Prefecture three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast.

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March 14: Rescuers conduct search operation amidst smoldering debris in Kesennuma, northern Japan following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.

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March 13: A Japanese home is visually inspected by a helicopter-based Search and Rescue (SAR) team from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), as the home floats adrift miles from the coast of Japan two days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Strike Group are currently rendering humanitarian assistance off the coast of Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Released)

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March 13: A ship washed away by tsunami sits amid debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake hit its eastern coast Friday.

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March 13: Vehicles are submerged in waters in the central section of Ishinomaki, northeastern Japan. (AP)

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march 13: People walk through the rubble in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan. (AP)

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March 13: A man searches through the rubble in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan. (AP)

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March 13: A freighter sits on a breakwater in front of a building in Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture (state) in Japan. (AP)

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March 13: An elderly man looks for his house through the rubble in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan. (AP)

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March 13: Elderly persons are helped to eat at an evacuation center in Ksennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. (AP)

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March 13: A tsunami survivor stands on debris of houses and beer cans and barrels washed away from a nearby brewery factory after the area was hit by Friday's catastrophic earthquake-triggered tsunami in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.

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March 13: A crate of beer is balanced on downed power lines over a canal littered with cans of alcohol that were washed into the area from a nearby brewery when a tsunami struck Sendai, northeastern Japan. (AP)

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March 13: A ship washed away by tsunami sits amid debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture (AP)

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March 13: TV sets are scattered on a street in Hachinohe, northeastern Japan, after Friday's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. (AP/Kyodo News)

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March 13: Smoke rises from burning debris washed away by tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture (AP)

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March 13: A fishing boat which was washed away by tsunami, sits overturned in Hachinohe, Aomori, northern Japan (AP/Kyodo News)

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March 13: An urban area devastated by tsunami is seen in Minami Sanriku, Miyagi, northern Japan. (AP/Kyodo News)

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March 13: Residents walk through debris in Minami Sanriku, Miyagi, northern Japan. (AP/Kyodo News)

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March 12: A vehicle lies mingled with debris at Sendai airport following a massive Tsunami triggered by a huge earth quake in Sendai, northern Japan. (AP)

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March 12: Smoke billows from a burning oil refinery as a man walks back after inspection following a massive tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan. (AP)

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A woman, carrying a child on her back, walks over tsunami-drifted debris and mud in Rikuzentakada, Iwate Prefecture, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday. (AP)

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March 11: Smoke billows from houses in Natori, northern Japan, after the area was hit by a powerful earthquake and a tsunami. AP)

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March 11: Smoke billows from houses in Natori, northern Japan, after the area was hit by a powerful earthquake and a tsunami.

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March 11: An earthquake-triggered tsunami washes away a warehouse and vehicles in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan.

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March 11: Fishing boats get stranded on shore at Oarai town, Ibaraki prefecture (state), Japan, after a ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coasts.

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March 11: A tsumani triggered by a powerful earthquake makes its way to sweep part of Sendai airport in northern Japan.

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March 11: Waves of tsunami hit residences after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi prefecture.

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March 11: Houses are in flame while the Natori river is flooded over the surrounding area by tsunami tidal waves in Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture.

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March 11: A smoke billows from a fire as an area of Soma port is flooded by waters after tsunami spawned by a powerful earthquake in Soma, Fukushima prefecture.

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March 11: A tsunami tidal wave washes away houses in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture.
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March 11: A tsumani triggered by a powerful earthquake makes its way to sweep part of Sendai airport in northern Japan. The magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland.
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March 11: Earthquake-triggered tsumanis sweep shores along Iwanuma in northern Japan.
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March 11: Earthquake-triggered tsumanis sweep shores along Iwanuma in northern Japan.
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March 11: In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, ships and boats are washed ashore in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefectur, Japan. A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast. (AP PHOTO/NHK TV)

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March 11: In this video image taken from Japan's NHK TV, an oil refinery burns in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture Japan (AP/NHK TV)

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March 11: Black smoke rises from a burning building in Tokyo's Odaiba area in Tokyo Bay area after Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast. (AP/Kyodo News)

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March 11: The area is flooded by tsunami in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture (state) as Japan was struck by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake off its northeastern coast. (AP/Kyodo News)

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March 11: Giant fireballs rise from a burning oil refinery in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture (state) after Japan was struck by a strong earthquake off its northeastern coast (AP/Kyodo News)

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