5 Days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hot Japan the world still waits with bated breath about the nuclear disaster that is Fukushima. Despite the threat of nuclear fallout the search and rescue teams are making their way through the destruction. Looking for the living, the dead and the needy. Impressive and humbling.
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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

01. Civil defence relief workers stand together after an earthquake and tsunami swept through Otsuchi, in the Iwate prefecture, eastern Japan March 15, 2011. Otsuchi, situated on Japan

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

02. A Japan Self Defense Force helicopter lands at a sports field with the SOS rescue signals in Minamisanriku , Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 12, 2011. Japan confronted devastation along its northeastern coast on Saturday, with fires raging and parts of some cities under water after a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed at least 1,000 people. Japan scaled back its tsunami warning for much of the country on Saturday, nearly 24 hours after a massive earthquake struck and set off a succession of tsunami, NHK television said. The words on the ground translate to

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

03. A picture taken from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter shows the central part of the town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, March 12, 2011, a day after it was flattened by massive tsunami following Japan

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05. An emergency worker walks amidst debris in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Kuji, Iwate prefecture March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

06. A woman cries while sitting on a road amid the destroyed city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011, after a massive earthquake and tsunami that are feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. Picture taken March 13, 2011. REUTERS/Asahi Shimbun

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

07. Rescue workers search for victims in Tamura village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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08. Japanese rescue workers stand with their tools among destroyed homes in residential area 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

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09. Rescue workers arrive in Minamisanriku town on March 14, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

10. Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in front of a Shinto shrine in residential area of tsunami hit 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

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11. Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit 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

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12. Japanese rescue workers clear the rubble among destroyed homes in a residential area of tsunami-hit 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

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13. Japanese rescue workers search through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit 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

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14. President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Tadateru Konoe (C) walks among rescue workers searching through rubble in a residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi March 14, 2011. After my long career in the Red Cross where I have seen many disasters and catastrophes, this is the worst I have ever seen. Otsuchi reminds me of Osaka and Tokyo after the Second World War when everything was destroyed and flattened, Tadateru Konoe told Reuters during a visit to the coastal town. In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday

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15. 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 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

16. A Japanese rescue worker walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit 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

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17. A Japan Self-Defense Forces officer smiles as he holds a four-month-old baby girl who was rescued along with her family members from their home in Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri Shimbun

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18. Rescue workers prepare to search for victims in the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

19. A rescue worker searches for victims in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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20. 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

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21. A woman who fled from the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear power plant sits at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan, March 14, 2011, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Monday that the situation at a quake-damaged nuclear plant remained worrisome and that authorities were doing their utmost to prevent damage from spreading. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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22. Rescue workers look at a mannequin as they search for victims amid the rubble of shop in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

23. 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

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

24. Rescue workers search for victims in the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

25. 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

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

26. Japan Self-Defense Forces officers search for victims in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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27. Japan Self-Defense Forces officers search for victims around a ship swept away by a tsunami in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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28. Emergency workers walk up the stairs to a hospital beside damaged cars in an area affected by an earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song

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29. A body is covered and marked as rescue workers pause for a rest as they search for victims in the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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30. Rescue workers carry a victims body from the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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31. Rescue workers load the body of a victim recovered from the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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32. People rest in an evacuation centre near Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

33. Rescue workers search for victims in the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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34. A joint team from the U.S. Air Force and Marines conduct a search and rescue flight over Sendai airport in this U.S. Air Force handout photo dated March 13, 2011. The team is part of the American disaster relief force in Japan to assist with the earthquake and tsunami recovery effort. Picture taken March 13, 2011. REUTERS/US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse/Handout

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35. A Japanese home is seen adrift in the Pacific Ocean, in this photograph taken on March 13, 2011 and released on March 14. Ships and aircrafts from the U.S. Navy

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36. Naval air crewmen assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron inspect debris drifting in the Pacific Ocean from an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 13, 2011. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are searching for survivors in the coastal waters near Sendai. Picture taken March 13, 2011. REUTERS/US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord/Handout

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37. Rescue workers search through rubble in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday

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38. A South Korean rescue worker sits on scattered beer cans as his team stops searching after the radioactive warning in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 15, 2011. Japan warned radioactive levels had become significantly higher around a quake-stricken nuclear power plant on Tuesday after explosions at two reactors, and the French embassy said a low level radioactive wind could reach Tokyo by the evening. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

39. A South Korean rescue worker takes a rest besides a rescue dog as his team stops searching after the radioactive warning in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 15, 2011. Japan warned radioactive levels had become significantly higher around a quake-stricken nuclear power plant on Tuesday after explosions at two reactors, and the French embassy said a low level radioactive wind could reach Tokyo by the evening. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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40. A car is seen on the rooftop of a house as South Korean rescue workers walk past it in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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41. A woman (L) and her maternal aunt cry at a shelter as they reunite for the first time after an earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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42. A woman reacts after she was informed of the death of her relatives at an evacuation centre in Kesennuma Town, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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43. A fireman goes through a photo album found in the ruins of the devastated town of Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following last Friday

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44. Japan Self-Defense Force officers wearing masks arrive at the devastated residential area of Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following last Friday

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45. Bodies found in the ruins of the devastated residential area of Otsuchi are collected in a sports hall March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following last Friday

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46. A survivor looks through names displayed in a collective centre for evacuees in the tsunami hit Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday

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47. Rescue workers arrive at the devastated residential area of Otsuchi as the forest burns above the town March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following last Friday

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48. Family photo albums are seen in ruins of the devastated residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

49. A firemen goes through pictures found in ruins of the devastated residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday

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50. An injured survivor searches for food at a destroyed supermarket in the devastated residential area of Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following last Friday

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51. Rescue workers stand around a body found in ruins of the devastated residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

52. Rescue workers search through ruins of the devastated residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following last Friday

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

53. Survivors make their way through ruins of the residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following last Friday

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

54. Rescue workers arrive to the devastated residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi as the forest burns above the town March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday

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55. Two elderly couples greet each other at a shelter as they reunite after the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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56. The bodies of victims are covered by blankets at a village destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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57. Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at a village destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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58. The bodies of victims are covered by blankets at a village destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

59. People rest at a shelter for earthquake and tsunami evacuees in Miyako city in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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60. A woman who had been stranded in an isolated evacuation center for five days is rescued by officers of the Japan Self-Defense Forces in Ishimaki Town, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

61. People on their wheelchairs rest at an evacuation centre in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 15, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

62. Firefighters fight a blaze in Kesennuma City, northeast Japan on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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63. Soldiers and a rescue worker carry the body of a victim through Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

64. A house lies damaged in a river going through Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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65. A rescue helicopter lowers a man in search of victims along a remote hillside near Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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66. Soldiers carry the body of a victim as others prepare to retrieve more in Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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67. Soldiers and a rescue worker carry the body of a resident through Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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68. Members of Swiss Rescue team search through debris in Minamisanriku March 15, 2011, after the area was devastated by a magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Schweizerisches Korps fuer Humanitaere Hilfe SKH/Michael Fichter/Handout

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69. Evacuees lie on carpets and strips of cardboards after an earthquake and tsunami swept through Otsuchi, in the Iwate prefecture, eastern Japan March 15, 2011. Otsuchi, situated on Japan

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

70. Civil defence relief workers stand together after an earthquake and tsunami swept through Otsuchi, in the Iwate prefecture, eastern Japan March 15, 2011. Otsuchi, situated on Japan

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71. Members of Virginia Task Force 1 from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department search for survivors in Ofunato in the U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. International rescue teams are assisting in the search for missing residents following the earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew M. Bradley/Handout

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72. Chief Naval Air Crewman Steven Sinclair, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, hugs a resident after delivering supplies from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, in Wakuya, Miyagi Prefecture in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. The U.S. military is assisting in relief efforts following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/(US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin B. Gray/Handout

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73. Chief Naval Air Crewman Steven Sinclair looks out from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 while delivering emergency supplies in Miyagi Prefecture in the U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. The squadron is assisting in relief efforts following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin B. Gray/Handout

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74. Sailors load food and water onto an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan off Miyagi Prefecture, in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. The carrier is conducting humanitarian assistance in support of Operation Tomodachi following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Handout

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75. Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Chris Carringer, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, passes a resident a box of food delivered by an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter in Miyagi Prefecture, in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. The squadron is assisting in relief efforts following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Handout

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76. Residents unload food and water from an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 in Miyagi Prefecture, in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. The squadron is assisting in relief efforts following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Handout

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77. A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 lands at an improvised landing zone in Sendai in this U.S. Marine Corps handout photo dated March 14, 2011. The Marines are providing support following Japan

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

78. Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex watch as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter prepares to transport humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies from the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry during a vertical replenishment in the Philippine Sea south of Japan in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. The Essex is heading to Japan to provide disaster relief following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/US Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Handout

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79. An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter transports humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies from the dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex during a vertical replenishment in the Philippine Sea, south of Japan, in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. The Essex is heading to Japan to provide disaster relief following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Handout

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80. HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopters from the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4 prepare to lift off after resupplying on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan positioned off the coast of Japan, in this U.S. Navy handout photo dated March 15, 2011. Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group are conducting search and rescue operations and resupply missions following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Handout

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81. Germany’s Rapid Deployment Unit Urban Search and Rescue team arrives at Misawa Air Base in this U.S. Air Force handout photo dated March 16, 2011. International search and rescue teams are in Japan in response to the magnitude 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. REUTERS/US Air Force Tech. Sgt. Russell J. McBride/Handout

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82. Rescue workers walk in heavy snowfall at a factory area that was devastated after being hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

83. Rescue workers walk past a damaged car during heavy snowfall at a factory area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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84. A man walks past a collapsed house during heavy snowfall at a factory area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

85. A rescue worker uses a two-way radio transceiver during heavy snowfall at a factory area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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86. Rescue workers walk past a destroyed car during heavy snowfall at a factory area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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87. Rescue workers search for survivors in buildings wrecked by an earthquake and tsunami in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Search and Rescue

88. Rescue workers walk past a destroyed car during heavy snowfall at a factory area devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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89. Heavy snow falls on rubble and rescue workers at a devastated factory area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon