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Devastating photos of the aftermath of Japan's disasters

Photos from the day after Japan's strongest recorded earthquake and the devastating tsunami that followed

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Rescue workers look for survivors while going through debris in Rikuzentakada People in Iwate Prefecture (State), Saturday morning, March 12, 2011, a day after a strong earthquake-triggered devastating tsunami hit the northern Japan.

Masamine Kawaguchi/Masamine Kawaguchi/AP

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Japan Defense Force personell help people go through the flooded area by boats in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (state), northern Japan, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011, a day after a strong earthquake-triggered devastating tsunami hit the area.

The Yomiuri Shimbun/AP

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In this Saturday, March 12, 2011 photo released by the U.S. Navy, sailors aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) in the South China Sea move pallets of humanitarian relief supplies across the ship's flight deck during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204), not pictured. Blue Ridge is ensuring the crew is ready if directed to assist with earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan.

MC3 Fidel C. Hart/Handout/AP

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A large ship sits among rubble after it was hit by a tsunami in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, on Saturday March 12, 2011, one day after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast.

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Residents take break at an evacuation center at Namie, not far from a nuclear power station in northeastern Japan, on Saturday March 12, 2011.

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In this image released by the US Navy, MH-53 helicopters land, March 12, 2011 aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) in the Sea of Japan.

K. MADISON CARTER/K. MADISON CARTER/AFP/Getty Images

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People who were isolated at an elementary school, head for safety place in Sendai, northern Japan Saturday, March 12, 2011 after one of the country's strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit its eastern coast on Friday.

Shiro Nishihata/Asahi Shimbun, Shiro Nishihata/AP

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Oil leaked from a Nippon Petroleum Refining Co. oil factory float at Shiogama bay, Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, a day after one of Japan's strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit the country's east coast.

Naoki Ueda/Naoki Ueda/AP

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

YOMIURI/YOMIURI/REUTERS

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An elderly woman is assisted by rescue personnel in Sendai, in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011.

KYODO/KYODO/REUTERS

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A man holding a dog walks on a street in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011.

STR/AFP/Getty Images

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A man rides a bicycle through a debris-strewn street in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011.

KYODO/KYODO/REUTERS

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People who stayed a night at an elementary school are rescued in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, Saturday, March 12, 2011, a day after one of Japan's strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit the country's east coast.

AP

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A huge trailer stuck in an narrow canal leans over debris at a port in Sendai, northern Japan, one day after a massive Tsunami triggered by a huge earthquake hit northern Japan Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Koji Sasahara/Koji Sasahara/AP

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White smokes rise from fishing boats at the port of Kesennuma, in Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011.

STR/AFP/Getty Images

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A man snaps a picture of the aftermath of tsunami following Friday's massive tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Junji Kurokawa/Junji Kurokawa/AP

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A man walks in a flooded street following a massive tsunami triggered by a poerful earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

Junji Kurokawa/Junji Kurokawa/AP

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A firefighter runs as he is on duty at the site of a massive tsunami triggered by a poerful earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Junji Kurokawa/Junji Kurokawa/AP

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People walk by a car got stuck into a building in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture (state), northern Japan, Saturday morning, March 12, 2011, a day after a strong earthquake-triggered devastating tsunami hit the area.

Takashi Ozaki/Takashi Ozaki/AP

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Cars that were swept by a tsunami in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture on Saturday.

YOMIURI/Reuters/Yomiuri

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People leave their destroyed village in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture on Saturday..

YOMIURI/Reuters/ Yomiuri

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Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan.

Yasushi Kanno/Yasushi Kanno/ AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun

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Smoke rises from Fukushima Daiichi 1 nuclear reactor after an explosion March 12, 2011 in this still image from a video footage. An explosion blew the roof off the unstable reactor north of Tokyo on Saturday, Japanese media said, raising fears of a disastrous meltdown at a nuclear plant damaged in the massive earthquake that hit Japan.

REUTERS TV/Reuters

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Police officers wearing respirators guide people to evacuate away from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following an evacuation order for residents who live in within a 10-km radius from the plant after an explosion in Tomioka Town in Fukushima Prefecture March 12, 2011.

HO/REUTERS

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A man who's been stranded in a residence is carried on the back of a Japanese soldier to higher grounds at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan on Saturday.

AP Photo/Kyodo News

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Damaged houses are seen after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan Saturday.

JO YONG-HAK/Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters

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A woman cries after learning that her mother was successfully rescued from a building following an earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011

KYODO/Reuters/Kyodo

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A tsunami-drifted house, bottom right, sits in the debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday.

Kyodo News/The Associated Press

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Fishing boats are damaged in Asahi, Chiba prefecture, Japan, after a ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast on March 11, 2011.

Yomiuri Shimbun/The Associated Press

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A man prays in front of a house devastated by tsunami in Minami Soma, Fukushima, northern Japan after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday

The Associated Press/Kyodo

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People make their way through a street clogged with debris in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, on March 12, 2011.

STR/Reuters

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Residents look over destroyed buildings half submerged in water from the tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, on March 12, 2011.

Kyodo News/The Associated Press

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A light aircraft and vehicles swept by the tsunami are seen in Natori city, Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011.

STR/Reuters

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South Korean newspaper front pages show coverage of the Japan earthquake on March 12, 2011.

JUNG YEON-JE/Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

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Members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces assist evacuees as they walk through a street clogged with debris in Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture on March 12, 2011.

STR/Reuters

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Buildings tossed together by the tsunami is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011

KYODO/Reuters/Kyodo

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An elderly person is rescued by helicopter from the roof of an elementary school after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011

KYODO/Reuters/Kyodo

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People make their way past cars carried by a tsunami to the entrance of an elementary school after an earthquake in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011.

KYODO/Reuters/Kyodo

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A man carries an elderly woman on his back after a tsunami and earthquake in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011.

KYODO/Reuters/Kyodo

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apan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks to the media prior to his inspection tour of the country's biggest recorded earthquake aboard a military helicopter, at his official residence in Tokyo on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

The Associated Press/Kyodo

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Rescue workers hold a girl they rescued from a building after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011

KYODO/Reuters/Kyodo

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People line up for drinking water at a park in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture, in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011

KYODO/Reuters/Kyodo

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Residents queue for supplies at a shop in the coastal town of Mito March 12, 2011.

YURIKO NAKAO/Reuters/Yuriko Nakao

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People form a long line to get a ticket at the Japan airlines counters in Haneda airport in Tokyo on March 12, 2011

TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

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A man and child look out over destroyed homes after a tsunami and earthquake in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011.

KYODO/Reuters

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