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March 14, 2011
Japan faces spiraling humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis
TAKAJO, Japan (AP) -- A tide of bodies washed up along Japan's coastline Monday, overwhelming crematoriums, exhausting supplies of body bags and adding to the spiraling humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis after the massive earthquake and tsunami. Millions of people faced a fourth night without water, food or heating in near-freezing temperatures along the northeast coast devastated by Friday's disasters. Meanwhile, a third reactor at a nuclear power plant lost its cooling capacity and its fuel rods were fully exposed, raising fears of a meltdown. The stock market plunged over the likelihood of huge losses by Japanese industries including big names such as Toyota and Honda.(38 images)

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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. AFP/ Getty Images / Jui Press


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Rescuers conduct search operation amidst smoldering debris in Kesennuma, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. AP / Miho Ikeya



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Vessels float on oil spilled water in Fudai, Iwate, northern Japan Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday's massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. AP / Hiroshi Adachi



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The rubble caused by an earthquake and tsunami fill the landscape in Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after northeastern coastal towns were devastated by an earthquake and tsunami. AP / Kyodo News



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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 / David Guttenfelder



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Upon hearing another tsunami warning, a father tries to flee for safety with his just reunited four-month-old baby girl who was spotted by Japan's Self-Defense Force member in the rubble of tsunami-torn Ishinomaki Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit northeast Japan. AP / Hiroto Sekiguchi



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Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers urge an elderly woman to move to higher ground during a tsunami warning Monday, March 14, 2011, in the harbor of Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's north east coast. AP / Wally Santana



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This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows cars burnt out by fires triggered by the tsunami lined up near Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. AFP/ Getty Images / Noboru Hashimoto



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This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows an area destroyed by the tsunami in Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. AFP/ Getty Images / Noboru Hashimoto



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This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. AFP/ Getty Images / Yomiuri Shimbun



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Gutted vehicles and the rubble is seen in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. AP / Kyodo News



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People walk in the rubble in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. AP /



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A patient in a wheelchair is helped by attendants as they evacuate from a tsunami-affected hospital at Otsuchi, northeastern Japan, on Sunday March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the the country's northeastern coast. AP / Kyodo News



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A woman searches through the rubble of her home destroyed in Friday's powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. AP / Kyodo News



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Residents evacuated from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facilities damaged in Friday's massive earthquake, are checked for radiation contamination, Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. AP / Wally Santana



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An official scans a man for radiation at an emergency center Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Koriyama, northeastern Japan, two days after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. AP / Gregory Bull



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Parents look at the body of their daughter they found in a courtesy vehicle of a driving school that's smashed by a tsunami at Yamamoto, northeastern Japan, on Sunday March 13, 2011, two days after a giant earthquake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. AP / Kyodo News



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A ship washed away by tsunami sits amid debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Sunday, March 13, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake hit its eastern coast Friday. AP / Itsuo Inouye



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A burnt ship floats in the sea in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Sunday, March 13, 2011 after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake hit its eastern coast Friday. AP / Itsuo Inouye



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Smoke rises from a coastal area in Ishimaki, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's east coast. AP / Kyodo News



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In this photo released by the Japanese Defense Agency, Hiromitsu Shinkawa, right, waves to rescuers before being rescued to a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer on Sunday March 13, 2011. AP / Defense Ministry



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Smoke rise from an oil refinery on fire following a tsunami triggered by a strong earthquake in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. AP / Koji Sasahara



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An SOS sign is written on the ground of Shizugawa High School in Minamisanrikucho in Miyagi Prefecture (state), northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011, two days after the powerful earthquake and tsunami hit the area. AP / Junichi Sasaki



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Smoke billows from fires raging at the port in Tagajo, Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011 following a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Japan battled a feared meltdown of two reactors at a quake-hit nuclear plant, as the full horror of the disaster emerged on the ravaged northeast coast where more than 10,000 were feared dead. AFP/ Getty Images / Kim Jae-Hwan



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Local residents pass damaged cars littering a street in Tagajo, Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011 two days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the region. AFP/ Getty Images / Kim Jae-Hwan



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A private plane washed inshore by the tsunami sits in water and debris next to cars outside Sendai Airport in Natori, Miyage prefecture on March 13, 2011 two days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the region. AFP/ Getty Images / Mike Clarke



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In this combination of photos provided by GeoEye, Natori, Japan is seen. The photo on the left was taken April 4, 2010. The photo on right was taken Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Oshika Peninsula. AP / GeoEye



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Buildings are covered with mud in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, after a powerful tsunami created by one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded swept through Friday. AP / Yomiuri Shimbun



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A man takes a picture of the aftermath of a tsunami following Friday's massive earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. AP / Junji Kurokawa



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A stranded elderly woman is carried on the back of a Japanese soldier after being rescued from a residence at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, on Saturday March 12, 2011, one day after a giant earthquake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. AP / Kyodo News



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Police officers wearing gas masks patrol in the area of the Fukushima power plant's Unit 1 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture (state), northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. AP / Kaname Yoneyama



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A vehicle is buried in mud and debris after it was washed away by tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan Saturday, March 12, 2011 following Japan's biggest recorded earthquake on Friday. AP / Kyodo News



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Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. AP / Itsuo Inouye



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A firefighter runs at the site of a massive tsunami, triggered by a powerful earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. AP / Junji Kurokawa



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Minami Sanriku town is submerged after Friday's strong earthquake-triggered tsunami in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011. AP / Kyodo News



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In a picture taken on March 12, 2011 people evacuate from the flooded airport terminal building of Sendai airport with rubber boats at Natori city in Miyagi prefecture. AFP/ Getty Images / Yomiuri Shimbun



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An elder couple looks at a collapsed house damage after being hit by a tsunami in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture on March 12, 2011. AFP/ Getty Images / Kazuhiro Nogi



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White smokes rises from burning houses in Yamadamachi in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011, one day after a strong earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami in the area. AP / Kenji Shimizu



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