One day after the massive 8.9 earthquake and tsunami which rocked Japan yesterday the world is starting to get an idea of the scope of the disaster. Officially around 600 people have died, but it is feared many hundreds more will be added to this tally. Roads, factories, airports and ports lie in ruin and this is hampering the rescue efforts. No to mention the Fukushima I nuclear powerplant going into meltdown mode. We wish the people of Japan a speedy return to their normal dignified lives.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

01. A man looks out over an area swept by a tsunami following an earthquake in Sendai City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

02. A building swept under a bridge following a tsunami and earthquake is seen in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

03. A car is buried in mud and debris following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

04. A man looks at a fishing boat swept by a tsunami at a port in Oarai town, northeast of Tokyo 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. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

05. A large number of cars swept by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

06. People make their way through a street clogged with debris in Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

07. A factory facility burns following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

08. Smoke rises from a burning factory following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

09. Houses swept by a tsunami are seen as residents walk in Kesen Numa, Miyagi prefecture March 12, 2011. The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan rocked its northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that killed hundreds of people and swept away everything in its path. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

10. A flooded residential neighborhood is seen from the air following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

11. A factory facility burns following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

12. Residential homes damaged by an earthquake and tsunami are seen in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

13. People, in a floating container, are rescued from a building following an earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

14. Earthquake and tsunami victims make their way past debris and water in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

15. People wait for rescue on a rooftop following an earthquake and tsunami in Iwate Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

16. People, in a floating container, are rescued from a building following an earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

17. An energy map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the intensity of the tsunami in the Pacific Ocean caused by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake which struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Thousands of people fled their homes along the Pacific coast of North and South America on Friday as a tsunami triggered by Japan's massive earthquake reached the region but appeared to spare it from major damage. REUTERS/NOAA/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service/Handout

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

18. An energy map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows the intensity of the tsunami in the Pacific Ocean caused by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake which struck Japan on March 11, 2011. Thousands of people fled their homes along the Pacific coast of North and South America on Friday as a tsunami triggered by Japan's massive earthquake reached the region but appeared to spare it from major damage. REUTERS/NOAA/Center for Tsunami Research/Handout

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

19. Smoke rises from a residential area following an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

20. A ship (L) lifted up into a town by a tsunami following an earthquake is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

21. A ship lifted up into a town by a tsunami following an earthquake is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

22. 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. 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

23. Dark black smoke rises from a town after an earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

24. Ships tossed ashore by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

25. Cargo containers scattered by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

26. A ship tossed ashore by a tsunami following an earthquake is seen in Aomori Prefecture, northern 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

27. Buildings tossed together by the tsunami is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

28. Fire department staff watch smoke rise above a town struck by a tsunami following an earthquake in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

29. Smoke rises among buildings destroyed by a tsunami and earthquake in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

30. Cargo containers scattered by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Aomori, northern 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

31. A house destroyed by a tsunami and earthquake is seen in Iwate Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

32. Buildings burn after being struck by a tsunami and earthquake in Iwate Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

33. People wait for rescue on a building roof after the area was struck by a tsunami and earthquake in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

34. Ships tossed ashore by a tsunami following an earthquake are seen in Aomori Prefecture, northern 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

35. A man and boy walk between houses destroyed by a tsunami and earthquake in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

36. People build a raft on the roof of a building struck by a tsunami and earthquake at Sendai Airport 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

37. Houses are swept by the tsunami in Miyagi prefecture March 11, 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. Picture taken March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

38. Residents queue for supplies at a shop in the coastal town of Mito which displays the notice water sold out 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. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

39. Residents queue for supplies at a shop in the coastal town of Mito 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. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

40. People evacuate to higher ground during a tsunami warning after the area was struck by an earthquake and tsunami in Iwate prefecture 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

41. People make their way among the debris from destroyed homes after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

42. A man and child look out over destroyed homes after a tsunami and earthquake in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

43. An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minamisoma March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

44. The wreckage of a train destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami is seen near the coastal town of Sendai March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

45. An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

46. The damaged Sendai Airport is seen after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

47. Houses are damaged after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

48. Smoke rises from houses damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

49. Roads and villages damaged by an earthquake and tsunami are seen in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

50. An aerial view of the earthquake and tsunami damage at the coastal town of Minami Soma 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. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

51. The letters SOS are seen written on the ground at Minami Sanriku Elementary School, after an earthquake in Minami Sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture 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. REUTERS/YOMIURI

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

52. Vehicles and boats float with rubble in flood waters near the coastal town of Sendai after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, 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. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

53. Cars and destroyed homes swept by a tsunami are seen on a street after an earthquake in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

54. Vehicles are seen among rubble in floodwaters near the coastal town of Sendai, after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, 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. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

55. Damaged houses are seen after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

56. A vehicle is half submerged at a crossroad after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

57. Smoke is seen rising from the earthquake and tsunami devastated town of Sendai 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. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

58. A damaged train is seen after an earthquake and tsunami in Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

59. A woman is rescued by a helicopter after an earthquake in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri TRANSPORT)

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

60. Abandoned housing sites remain empty after being swept by tsunami in Sendai, 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. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

62. Smoke rises over the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

63. Cracks are seen on the snow-covered ground in woodlands near the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

64. A stranded oil tanker is seen off the coast of Sendai, following an earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Japan, March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

65. Smoke rises from the earthquake and tsunami-devastated town of Sendai March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

66. A family prepare to sleep on a street atop a hill after Chile's government issued an evacuation alert for the coastal areas at San Antonio port, March 11, 2011. Chile on Friday upgraded a tsunami alert for its coastline and remote Easter Island territory after waves triggered by a massive earthquake in Japan hit Hawaii, and said it would evacuate flood-prone areas along the mainland coast. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

67. Debris of houses and other structures float in the harbour near Ishinomaki City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

68. A person who was trapped in a building is rescued by helicopter after a tsunami and earthquake struck in Kesennuma City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

69. A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano confirmed on Saturday there has been an explosion and radiation leakage at the nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

70. A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011. Japanese nuclear authorities said that there was a high possibility that nuclear fuel rods at a reactor at Tokyo Electric Power's Daiichi plant may be melting or have melted, Jiji news agency reported. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

71. This combination photo shows smoke rising from Fukushima Daiichi 1 nuclear reactor after an explosion March 12, 2011 in this still image sequence (from L-R, top to bottom) taken from 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/NTV via Reuters TV

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

72. Burned-out cars are pictured at Hitachi Harbour in Ibaraki 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

73. Cars swept by a tsunami are seen after an earthquake in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

74. People look at destroyed houses in Kesennuma City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

75. Smoke rises in the distance behind destroyed houses in Kesennuma City in 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

76. A woman who was trapped in her home is carried by a Japan Self Defense Force soldier in Kesennuma City in 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

77. A man who was trapped by a tsunami is rescued by a Japan Self-Defense Force soldier in Kesennuma City in 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

78. People walk to an evacuation centre in Natori City in 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

79. Japan Self-Defence Force troops walk atop a wall to get around a car tossed by a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

80. A boat and cars swept by a tsunami are seen on a street in Miyako City, Iwate 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

81. People use a floating container to escape from floodwaters after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

82. Cars swept by a tsunami are overturned in a parking space in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture, 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. REUTERS/KYODO

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

83. Self-Defense Force officers search for missing people after a tsunami and earthquake in Rikuzentakatashi City in Iwate 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

84. A car swept by a tsunami is overturned on the street in Miyako City, Iwate 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

85. Evacuees from the area of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant take refuge in an evacuation center in an elementary school in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011. An explosion blew the roof off an 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. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake -- the strongest ever recorded in Japan -- sent a 10-metre tsunami ripping through towns and cities across the northeast coast. Japanese media estimate that at least 1,300 people were killed. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

86. Self-Defense Force officers rescue a woman by a boat after a tsunami and earthquake in Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

87. A Japan Self Defense Forces fighter jet is swept into a building by a tsunami at an airbase in Higashimatsushima City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

88. Police move bodies to a makeshift morgue set up in a gymnasium in Natori City, 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

89. Self-Defense Force officers search for missing people by a boat after a tsunami and earthquake in Souma City in Fukushima Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

90. Fire boats battle a blaze at the Cosmo Oil facility in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

91. A bridge undergoing construction (L) is damaged together with another bridge in Namegata City, Ibaraki 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. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

92. Damaged ships are seen after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath

93. People evacuate from their destroyed village after an earthquake in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture 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. REUTERS/Yomiuri

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