東北地方太平洋沖地震 (宮城三陸沖M8.4->8.8->9.0地震,8.9USGS) 捜索救助活動 2011/03/11 part 6-9

Major search operation underway in tsunami-hit Japan

Published: 10 April, 2011, 13:09

JAPAN, Natori : In a picture taken on April 7, 2011 Japan Coast Guard frogmen jump into the sea to search for missing people at a port in Natori, Miyagi prefecture, nearly a month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami battered the northeastern coast of Japan. (AFP Photo / Jiji Press)

JAPAN, Natori : In a picture taken on April 7, 2011 Japan Coast Guard frogmen jump into the sea to search for missing people at a port in Natori, Miyagi prefecture, nearly a month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami battered the northeastern coast of Japan. (AFP Photo / Jiji Press)

Japan Earthquake: The Long Road to Recovery

Apr 15, 2011 | 38

The death toll from Japan’s massive earthquake last month continues to climb, having now reached nearly 13,500, while almost 15,000 are still missing. Much of the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station remains hazardous and largely abandoned, leaving eerie scenes of desolation. The accident at Fukushima has now been classified as a level 7 incident on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale, matching the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine. Gathered here are recent images from Japan’s ongoing recovery. [39 photos]

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(1 of 3) Toya Chiba, a reporter for local newspaper Iwate Tokai Shimbun, is swept up by a tsunami at Kamaishi port, Iwate prefecture during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Chiba managed to survive the tsunami by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap around 8 meters high after being swept away for about 30 meters, Kyodo news reports. Photo taken on March 11, 2011 and released by Kamaishi Port Office via Kyodo on April 14, 2011. (Reuters/Kamaishi Port Office via Kyodo)

(1 of 3) Toya Chiba, a reporter for local newspaper Iwate Tokai Shimbun, is swept up by a tsunami at Kamaishi port, Iwate prefecture during the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Chiba managed to survive the tsunami by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap around 8 meters high after being swept away for about 30 meters, Kyodo news reports. Photo taken on March 11, 2011 and released by Kamaishi Port Office via Kyodo on April 14, 2011.(Reuters/Kamaishi Port Office via Kyodo)

(2 of 3) Reporter Toya Chiba is swept up by a tsunami at Kamaishi port, Iwate prefecture on March 11, 2011. Chiba managed to survive the tsunami by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap, Kyodo news reports. (Reuters/Kamaishi Port Office via Kyodo) #

(3 of 3) Reporter Toya Chiba is swept up by a tsunami at Kamaishi port, Iwate prefecture on March 11, 2011. Chiba managed to survive the tsunami by grabbing a dangling rope and climbing onto a coal heap, Kyodo news reports. (Reuters/Kamaishi Port Office via Kyodo) #

A shrine rests in a forest after the recent Tsunami in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A cow roams on a street after residents in town evacuated in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) #

In this Friday April 8, 2011 photo, slippers are left in the entrance of a building in the Odaka area of Minamisoma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

Parts of a railway line hung over water in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture on April 10, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A monument to Yayoji Sato, a local politician, stands in front of the area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

A dead pig lies next to a flooded road in the Odaka area of Minamisoma, inside the deserted evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors on April 8, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

A uniform swings in the wind in the tsunami devastated area of Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture on April 10, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Collared dogs roam on a street in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) #

A car is washed ashore after the recent tsunami in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A “Super Mario” soft toy is seen among the ruins of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Yamada, Iwate prefecture, April 5, 2011. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #

Desks and chairs remain covered with mud in a classroom at Okawa Elementary School, devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan on April 7, 2011. The March 11 tsunami killed 74 of the 108 students at Okawa Elementary School and all but one of the dozen teachers. The main building is ripped open, with trees jammed into second floor classrooms, and the gym and playground have been reduced to muddied concrete foundations. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #

A cow lies dead on the floor of a cattle shed after residents were forced to evacuate from the deserted city of Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The city is inside the evacuation zone within 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) radius from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) #

A tsunami-wrecked supermarket is left abandoned in the Odaka area of Minamisoma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors on April 8, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

A picture frame and high-water marks are seen on the wall of a kindergarten destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, April 7, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

Pigs wander around at a devastated area in Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan Friday, April 8, 2011. Dairy animals and pets were left behind after their owners have evacuated from the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) #

Footsteps lead away from an abandoned vehicle in the Odaka area of Minamisoma, inside the deserted evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on April 7, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

The sun, low in the sky, is seen above the earthquake and tsunami-devastated city of Ishinomaki in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture on on April 13, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Buddhist monk prays for tsunami victims buried due to the lack of crematoriums in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on April 13, 2011. Japanese usually cremate their dead, but the normal system has been unable to cope with the impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tsunami survivor Kenichi Kurosawa (center) and his friends write the words “Ganbaro!” or “hang in there” on a new billboard lit up with car headlights in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture on April 10, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Volunteers cook noodles for evacuees at an evacuation center in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, April 11, 2011. A group of 21 volunteers from Tokyo and Saitama brought Sunday 2,000 meals for about over 500 evacuees at the shelter. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) #

This pair of before-and-after photos (click on the image) shows the removal of tsunami destruction and debris covering the road in Ofunato city, Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011, three-days after the tsunami disaster and after the road was cleaned of debris, on April 15, 2011.   [click image to view transition– javascript required]   (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images) #

One thousand folded paper cranes hang on a wall at a volunteers centre in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A month after the tsunami devastation, Ren Sato, 9, cleans sand from the damaged family grave in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture on April 11, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

In this photo taken on April 7, 2011, a police officer cleans cashboxes collected from damaged houses at a police station in tsunami-hit Ofunato city, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Safes were washing up along the tsunami-battered coast, and police were trying to find their owners, a unique problem in the country where many people, especially the elderly, still stash their cash at home. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) #

A retrieved portrait and other items are displayed at an elementary school gymnasium, where they are gradually being cleaned and put on display by volunteers, in the tsunami-hit town of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Soldiers and residents have been bringing photos and albums found in the wreckage of local homes, in the hope that their owners will find them. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #

A volunteer dries photographs unearthed from the tsunami devastation in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

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) #

A Japanese woman searches for family albums and belongings among a pile of items recovered from the area devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and displayed at a school gymnasium in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

A man burns a rice field in preparation for planting near Fukushima, northern Japan April 5, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A team member from NPO Japan Rescue Dog Association and his dog search for victims during a joint operation with the Metropolitan Police Department in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi prefecture on April 9, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Teru Sutou (left), 8 and his brother Ren, 9, eat a donated meal of hot stew and rice at a parking lot in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on April 12, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Kunio Shiga listens to a battery-powered radio in the living room of his home in Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, inside the deserted evacuation zone established around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in northeastern Japan Friday, April 8, 2011. The 75-year-old man was stranded alone in his farmhouse ever since Japan’s monstrous tsunami struck nearly a month ago. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) #

An evacuee shares a moment with a dog at a shelter in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture on April 9, 2011. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images) #

A man rides a motorcycle through water in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture on April 8, 2011. (JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images) #

Japanese children walk by children’s “pep up” paintings displayed on a window of a tsunami evacuation center in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Some read: “Walk forward,” “Be kind to others and hard on yourself,” and “Even a bud inside myself will bloom someday.” (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev) #

Residents take a hot outdoor bath amongst tsunami devastation in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

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Japan Earthquake: One Month Later

Apr 7, 2011 |

This morning, nearly a month after the massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan, a 7.1-magnitude aftershock hit the same region, setting off tsunami advisories and rattling the nerves of a still-recovering populace. Four weeks later, the tsunami’s devastation remains pronounced, with radiation fears and legal issues interfering with the clean-up. Efforts to recover bodies have intensified lately, as those affected adjust to their new reality, continuing to mourn and recover what they can — some returning to work or school. Collected here are recent images from the quake-stricken area, as Japan copes with the ongoing effects of last month’s multiple disasters. [41 photos]

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A man watches an area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as members of a search and rescue team look for dead bodies in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, on April 4, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

A man watches an area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as members of a search and rescue team look for dead bodies in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, on April 4, 2011.(Reuters/Carlos Barria)

In this photo taken Sunday, March 27, 2011, a woman stands where her house once did in the destroyed neighborhood below Weather Hill in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The hill was originally built to give fishermen a view of sea conditions but now offers an unforgettable look out over the vastness of the mass destruction left from tsunami caused by the March 11 earthquake. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

A red flag stands over debris in a devastated area in Watari, northeastern Japan, Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The red flags indicate that residents should allow authorities to clear debris at the locations. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Reiri Kurihara) #

School bags are seen at the tsunami-hit Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 28, 2011. About eighty percent of the students and teachers were killed or are missing after the school was devastated by a tsunami following the March 11 earthquake. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao) #

A woman rides her bicycle past a boat in the rubble of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, twenty days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 31, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #

Japanese police, wearing suits to protect them from radiation, guard the area as a dead body is loaded into a police van in the town of Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors Thursday, April 7, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

An aerial view of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is seen in Fukushima Prefecture in this photo taken by the Air Photo Service on March 24, 2011. (Reuters/Air Photo Service) #

A destroyed bus sits on a roof of a building after being washed up by the March 11 tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on April 6, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tsunami survivor Miyoko Kimura, 84, touches the carved name of her late husband on the stone shrine of the family guardian deity that he dedicated as she visits her home town for the first time since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture, on April 6, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Japanese firemen wade through water looking for bodies of victims of the tsunami in a flooded area of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture on April 1, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

In this Tuesday, April 5, 2011 photo, scuba divers search for the bodies of missing people in water of Yoriiso fishing port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Naoki Maeda) #

A tsunami survivor walks past a centuries-old tablet that warns of danger of tsunamis in the hamlet of Aneyoshi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan on March 31, 2011. Hundreds of such markers dot the coastline, some more than 600 years old. Collectively they form a crude warning system for Japan, whose long coasts along major fault lines have made it a repeated target of earthquakes and tsunamis over the centuries. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #

US airman tech. Sgt. Raymond Decker, 320th Special Tactics Squadron, guides a C130 cargo plane on a motorbike due to lack of guidance lights and airport workers at Sendai Airport in the town of Natori, Miyagi prefecture on March 29, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Boys play soccer with volunteers at a school, which now acts as an evacuation shelter, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, on April 7, 2011 after the area was devastated by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #

This picture taken on March 31, 2011 shows wooden debris from wrecked houses piled up before a residential area in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Dogs wander around a town of Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex in northeastern Japan Thursday, April 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae) #

Members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force search for the victims of the March 11 tsunami in the bay of Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan Friday, April 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) #

A woman is tested for possible nuclear radiation at an evacuation centre in Fukushima, northern Japan, March 28, 2011. (Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #

The Empire State Building, lit in red and white as part of a coordinated effort by several landmark buildings around the world to raise awareness for the disaster in Japan, is pictured in New York April 4, 2011. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson) #

A survivor of the March 11 tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake boils water at an evacuation centre in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on April 6, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A volunteer staff member in costume peps up a displaced man at a shelter near the area devastated by the March 11 tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, April 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Tsuyoshi Matsumoto) #

A dog rescued from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami is seen at Abe Pet Clinic in Ishinomaki, northern Japan April 7, 2011. The pet clinic became the main headquarters for treating and sheltering animals in Ishinomaki since the disaster struck the country last month. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

Bouquets of flowers are placed before coffins of victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami are buried in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Sunday, April 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Naoki Maeda) #

A girl sits by a coffin containing a victim of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami at a mass grave site in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Tuesday, March 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) #

Japanese farmer Takakazu Anzai walks inside a greenhouse that will be used for planting rice near Fukushima, northern Japan April 5, 2011. The operator of Japan’s nuclear power plant that has been crippled after an earthquake and tsunami, started paying “condolence money” on Tuesday to victims of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl while it kept pouring radioactive water into the sea. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A mobile phone of a victim is left in ruins of a civic hall destroyed by tsunami in Rikuzentakata April 2, 2011. According to a survivor and local media, between 60 and 100 people took shelter at the civic hall building after receiving the earthquake and tsunami warning. The building was designated as an evacuation shelter in the case of tsunami. Only eleven were rescued by a Japan’s Self Defense Force helicopter, one of survivors said. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #

A single house remains standing in an area which was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, near Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture April 1, 2011. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #

A girl walks with her mother after her first day of school at the Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima, northern Japan April 6, 2011. Over 70 schools began their regular classes on Wednesday in the city of Fukushima, after the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country on March 11. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

Elementary school children share a chuckle as they reunite for the first time since the March 11 earthquake at Masuda Nishi elementary school in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Monday, March 28, 2011. The words on the blackboard read “How have you been doing?” (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Miho Ikeya) #

A boy talks with his mother on the first day of school at the Shimizu elementary school in Fukushima, northern Japan April 6, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A girl smiles on her first day of school at the Shimizu Elementary School in Fukushima, northern Japan April 6, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

Workers remove a wrecked car at the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated area in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan Friday, April 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) #

A replica of the Statue of Liberty stands in an area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern Japan April 4, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

Fisherman Rikio Furukawa, 76, repairs fishing equipment at the Kuji fishing port in Hitachi, Ibaraki prefecture, April 6, 2011. (Reuters/Issei Kato) #

A grounded fishing boat stands amongst tsunami damage in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture on April 7, 2011, nearly four weeks after a massive tsunami slammed into northeastern Japan. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy that survived the tsunami plays in a toy car in front of a real car still balancing on its front end after being washed up by the March 11 tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on April 6, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

Japan Coast Guard members try to rescue a dog believed to have survived the massive earthquake and tsunami of March 11 and also three weeks at sea, off Kesennuma, northern Japan April 1, 2011. The dog survived in a house swept away to sea three weeks ago by the devastating Japan tsunami was saved by a coast guard rescue team flying over an island of debris. Local television showed an aerial view of a brown medium-sized dog trotting around the roof of the house — the only part of it floating above water — before disappearing inside through a broken section of the roof. (Reuters/Japan Coast Guard) #

An empty street runs through the deserted town of Minami Soma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, inside the evacuation zone, established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors Thursday, April 7, 2011. Hundreds of Japanese police and soldiers were mobilized Thursday to begin their first major search operation inside the evacuation zone. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

Anna Monma, 5, walks with her teddy bear, which she retrieved from her house destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in Ishinomaki, northern Japan April 3, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A washed-away house sits in seawater just offshore in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on April 5, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Buddhist monk Sokan Obara, 28, from Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, prays for the victims in the debris in the area devastated by the March 11 tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Thursday, April 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) #

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Japan Earthquake: Two Weeks Later

Mar 25, 2011 | 202

Two weeks after northeastern Japan was struck by a massive earthquake and tsunami, the cost of the disaster is becoming clearer. The Japanese government has estimated the direct damage at as much as $310 billion, making it the world’s costliest-ever natural disaster. As of today, more than 10,000 deaths have been confirmed and another 17,000 people remain missing. At Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it raised suspicions of a possible breach when two workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than normal and suffered skin burns. Earthquake survivors return to their homes to collect what they can find, to mourn their losses, and try to find a sense of normalcy in lives that have been ripped apart. Collected here are recent images from northeastern Japan, 14 days after it was rocked by disaster on a historic scale. [46 photos]

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A bereaved family member of a victim of the earthquake and tsunami prays in front of a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan March 24, 2011. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)

A bereaved family member of a victim of the earthquake and tsunami prays in front of a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan March 24, 2011.(Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)

Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force carry the coffin of a victim of the earthquake and tsunami at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan on March 23, 2011. Twenty-four bodies were buried temporarily on Tuesday and more are expected due to the lack of facilities to cremate bodies in the city. The site will be excavated to accommodate around 1,000 bodies in total. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao) #

A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Higashi Matsushima, Japan on March 22, 2011. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao) #

Coots swim past a submerged vehicle after the earthquake and tsunami in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan on March 24, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A house rests upside down in an open field along the coast near Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan on Friday, March 25, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handler) 3rd Class Emmanuel Gedeon, from Miami, checks sprinklers during a countermeasure wash-down on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) off the coast of Japan, March 23, 2011 . Sailors scrubbed the external surfaces on the flight deck and island superstructure to remove potential radiation contamination while operating off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Kevin B. Gray) #

A traditional Japanese sandal, worn with formal kimono dress, lies in the rubble in the earthquake and tsunami destroyed town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

People walk amid debris in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 24, 2011. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) #

Notes left behind by Japanese evacuees looking for loved ones inside a shelter in the earthquake and tsunami-destroyed town of Rikuzentakata, Japan on Monday, March 21, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

These two photos show a road devastated by March 11 massive earthquake (left) and the same road after restoration in Naka, Japan. The highway company restored the 150-meter section of the highway linking Tokyo and the quake-damaged Ibaraki prefecture in six days. The photos were taken on March 11, 2011, left, and on March 17, 2011, right. (AP Photo/NEXCO East) #

A vehicle destroyed by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami is seen transported into a car dump in Miyako town, Iwate prefecture on March 25, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

Destroyed vehicles are placed next to a runway, for disposal at Sendai airport, northeastern Japan on Thursday, March 24, 2011, following the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hitomi Sadasue) #

A person walks under snow through the March 11 earthquake and tsunami stricken town of Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Tetsuya Kikumasa) #

A dead horse lies among the rubble in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture March 23, 2011. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao) #

A mud-covered group photograph is seen amid the debris in the town of Rikuzentakata, northern Japan on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) #

A photograph is seen in the rubble of a destroyed house in Otsuchi, Japan on March 22, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #

A survivor checks salvaged memorial pictures and goods on display at a corner of the town hall in Yamada town, Iwate prefecture on March 25, 2011. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman sits motionless at an evacuee center for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear facilities, Friday, March 25, 2011 in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

A school board in an English classroom at a relief center in tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata, in Iwate prefecture on March 24, 2011. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images) #

A fishing boat remains stuck atop a damaged building at Kadonohama fishing port in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) #

A general night view taken with a long exposure, shows destroyed houses and debris in the tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata on March 22, 2011. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Japanese soldier stands guard amongst fishing boats and debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture on March 25, 2011. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A fish lies on top of a destroyed car in the earthquake and tsunami leveled town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan Sunday, March 20, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

A car sits on headstones in a cemetery in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast of Japan. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #

Tayo Kitamura, 40, touches the covered body of her mother, Kuniko Kitamura, 69, after Japanese firemen discovered the dead woman inside the ruins of her home in Onagawa, northeastern Japan, Saturday, March 19, 2011, following the last week’s earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) #

Family members and relatives transfer the bones of Masaichi Oyama, who was killed by the tsunami, by chopsticks into an urn the during a cremation ceremony March 24, 2011 in Kurihara , Japan. The family lost three family members from the earthquake and tsunami. Under Japanese Buddhist practice, a cremation is the expected traditional way of dealing with the dead, but now with the death toll so high, crematoriums are overwhelmed and there is a shortage of fuel to burn them. Local municipalities are forced to dig mass graves as a temporary solution. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #

A piano is submerged in water in the area devastated by tsunami in Rikuzentakat March 21, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #

A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in the town of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

A young evacuee is screened at a shelter for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

Efforts to spray water into the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, are seen in this March 22, 2011 handout photograph released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Reuters/Tokyo Electric Power Co.) #

Ruins of a Toyota dealership, in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi prefecture, March 22, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A car rests on top of a destroyed 3-story building after the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture on March 22, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A man stands on a broken road next to a destroyed breakwater in Otsuchi after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, on March 22, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #

This photo taken on March 23, 2011 shows people searching for their loved ones as they check bodies at a bowling alley converted into a makeshift morgue in Natori in Miyagi prefecture. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Japanese firemen carry away a body they found where it had been washed into a ravine in Onagawa, northeastern Japan Saturday, March 19, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

A man walks next to debris by a forest which stopped the wave caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, March 22, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

Machiko Shimizu, a graduate from Okirai Junior High School, wipes her tears during a graduation ceremony at Okirai Kindergarten at Okirai district in Ofunato March 23, 2011. Classes stopped when the junior high school was hit by the March 11 tsunami. Students were kept away when it was used as a temporary morgue for earthquake and tsunami victims. On Wednesday, the students returned for a simple graduation ceremony held for 10 boys and 19 girls. (Reuters/Issei Kato) #

An abandoned apartment building in Rikuzentakata, March 23, 2011, after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #

Divers from the Japanese Coast Guard search for missing persons in the port of Ayukawa in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture on March 23, 2011. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images) #

A forklift unloads relief materials from a U.S. Marines KC-130J transport plane on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Sendai Airport in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda) #

A farmer drains milk into a pit in Iitate, in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, in this photo taken by Yomiuri Shimbun on March 23, 2011. Japanese authorities had temporarily advised against allowing infants to drink tap water in Tokyo due to raised radiation levels and the United States became the first nation to block some food imports from Japan, saying it will halt milk, vegetable and fruit imports from areas near the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant because of contamination fears. (Reuters/Yomiuri Shimbun) #

Japan Ground Self Defense Force members search for earthquake and tsunami victims in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan on March 25, 2011. (Reuters/Kyodo) #

Large fishing boats are left washed ashore after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Kaname Muto) #

Ryo Taira (right) and an unidentified man lift a young porpoise out of a flooded rice field after it was swept there by the earlier tsunami in Sendai, Japan, on March 22, 2011. Taira found the porpoise struggling in the shallow water on Tuesday and after failing to net it, waded in to the field, which had yet to be sown with rice, to cradle the animal in his arms. (Reuters/Asahi Shimbun) #

Heavy machinery is used to remove remains from destroyed houses after the earthquake and tsunami near Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, March 22, 2011. (Reuters/Carlos Barria) #

A crow flies across a road at Otsu port, in Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan on March 23, 2011. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #

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Japan Earthquake: Rescue, Recovery, and Reaction

Mar 14, 2011 | 42

Search and rescue teams arriving in Japan’s hardest hit areas are so far finding very few survivors, after last week’s devastating earthquake. The official number of deaths has climbed above 1,800, but officials fear the eventual number may exceed 10,000, as thousands of bodies are now being discovered on remote beaches. In the days since the earthquake, Japan has experienced an additional 403 aftershocks — 32 of them with a magnitude greater than 6.0. Fire crews, rescue teams, and volunteers are now digging through the wreckage left by the tsunami, as evacuation efforts continue around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and engineers work to regain control of the failing reactors. [Be sure to see earlier entries from When the Quake Struck and Scenes from the Aftermath] [36 photos]

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Firefighters search for victims Monday, March 14, 2011, in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country’s northeast coast. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Firefighters search for victims Monday, March 14, 2011, in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country’s northeast coast.(AP Photo/Wally Santana)

A ferry – its deck chairs and tables undisturbed – rests stranded on top of a building in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yumiuri Shimbun) #

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. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #

Officers look at a Mitsubishi F-2 fighter aircraft of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force which was swept by the tsunami into a building at Matsushima base in Higashimatsushima, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #

Smoke rises after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #

A survivor of the tsunami that swept through his village of Saito, in northeastern Japan, retells the story to a rescue team that arrived to search the area Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

Tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa, right, waves to rescuers before being rescued to a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer on Sunday March 13, 2011. When spotted, the 60-year-old man was floating off the coast of Fukushima’s Futaba town on the roof of his house after being swept away in a tsunami. He was in good condition. (AP Photo/Defense Ministry) #

Rescue workers carry an elderly man found alive by tsunami survivors buried under rubble along a slope of a hill in Minamisanrikucho in Miyagi Prefecture Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroaki Ohno) #

A British search and rescue team check their equipment as they arrive at the Misawa U.S. air force base in Misawa, Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. An approximately 70-strong British search and rescue team has arrived in northern Japan to help in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) #

A wrecked sports car sits in flood waters, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #

A Japan Self-Defense Force member reacts after rescuing a four-month-old baby girl in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroto Sekiguchi) #

A monument for victims of World War II stands amid a tsunami-hit area in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake on March 11. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) #

An emergency worker throws disinfectant powder in an area affected by an earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate prefecture March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Aly Song) #

Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in devastated town of Otsuchi March 14, 2011. In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #

A technician of the SERTIT, Regional Service of Image Treatment and Remote Sensing, works on satellite images of the region of Matsushima in Japan, in his office in Illkirch Graffenstaden near Strasbourg, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Vincent Kessler) #

In this photo taken Sunday, March 13, 2011, train rails bent by a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami get stuck by a bridge in Otsuchicho town, northern Japan. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasuhiro Takami) #

An injured child sleeps at a Japanese Red Cross hospital after being evacuated from the area hit by tsunami in Ishinomaki March 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #

A man comforts a woman as she cries in front of her damaged home in the town of Watari in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Rescue workers move the body of a patient through the halls of a hospital in Minamisanriku town on March 14, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif) #

A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan on March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #

Evacuees hug each other as they confirm each other’s safety at a makeshift shelter in Otsuchicho town, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasuhiro Takami) #

Japanese refugees rest inside a school gymnasium where hundreds took shelter in Sendai, northeastern Japan, on Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday’s massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #

Japanese emergency crews work to free a body as it sits pinned among concrete sea barriers Monday, March 14, 2011, in Toyoma, Japan. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #

Debris litters Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman takes a picture of a list of names of survivors who are in shelters at the Natori City Hall in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture on March 14, 2011 (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) #

A vessel sits on the rubble in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) #

An aerial view of a line of people waiting for water on school grounds after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake hit Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #

A man walks by Japanese word meaning “food” drawn over fading sign of SOS marked on the ground in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture on March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Motoki Nakashima) #

A rescue official walks through Minamisanriku town on March 14, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif) #

A hand of a victim is seen in the debris in Saito village, Miyagi Prefecture, Monday, March 14, 2011 after Japan’s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) #

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

A photo hangs from the remains of a house in the seaside town of Toyoma, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #

People hug after finding relatives at an evacuation centre near Rikuzentakata, northern Japan on March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #

A local resident looks on in an area affected by an earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Aly Song) #

A mother tries to talk to her daughter who has been isolated for signs of radiation after evacuating from the vicinity of Fukushima’s nuclear plants, at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao HEALTH) #

A woman sits amidst wreckage caused by Friday’s massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari) #

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