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A boat sits atop a building in Otsuchi, in Japan's Iwate prefecture, following the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hiroto Nomoto / Yomiuri Shimbun

A tsunami survivor stands next to fires outside a relief center in Rikuzentakata, in Japan's Iwate prefecture.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

Rescue workers have only begun to locate bodies that had been submerged in water left by the tsunami. Some 1,800 people are missing in Nakonosawa, a town of 23,000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A Japanese flag hangs above the remains of tsunami victims in a temporary morgue set up in the gymnasium of the town's junior high school.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A notice posted at the junior high school points out three missing women.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

People outside the junior high school, where a makeshift morgue has been set up, pay their respects to those who died in the earthquake and tsunami

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The view through a broken windows at debris outside Yamada Hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Noriko Sato, 57, collects household items from her home, which had been moved more than 100 meters by the tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A woman and her son walk through the remains of Yamada, a fishing town destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Tayo Kitamura, 40, kneels in the street with the wrapped body of her mother, Kuniko, 69, after Japanese firemen discovered the body inside the ruins of her home in northeastern Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Guttenfelder / Associated Press

Cars and buildings wrecked by last week's earthquake and tsunami outside Sendai in Miyagi prefecture.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yegor Trubnikov / REUTERS

Refugees rest in a school gym being used as a shelter after their houses were destroyed by last week's earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yegor Trubnikov / REUTERS

Survivors walk amid devastation in the town of Minamisanriku town in Miyagi prefecture.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIJI PRESS / AFP/Getty Images

A group of women head for a makeshift hot bath set up by Japan's Self-Defense Forces personnel in the tsunami-stricken city of Kamaishi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / Associated Press

Somech Roy, left, an Israeli living in Sendai, gives bread to a man in downtown Sendai. A friend baked 1,500 loaves of bread for free distribution after he received donations from Jews in Japan and abroad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / Associated Press

The Osumi, a Japanese tank landing ship carrying emergency aid, arrives at the port at hard-hit Sendai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kyodo News / Associated Press

The frame of a house damaged by the earthquake and tsunami is silhouetted against the sky at sunset in Higashimatsushima.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIJI PRESS / AFP/Getty Images

Kukiko Fushimi is screened for radiation along with her two grandchildren.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Masahiro Haaamaguchi holds a cherished artwork he recovered from his home in Kesennuma. As a welfare worker, he is unhappy that more aid is not reaching the area. Many of those who lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami were elderly and unable to leave their homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A window provides a view of a large ship sitting amid debris in Kesennuma.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

Momoko Onodera, at an evacuation center Kesennuma, prays as she talks about her husband who died in the tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

This picture, released Friday, was taken by a Miyako City official on March 11 and shows a tsunami breaching an embankment and flowing into the city of Miyako.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIJI PRESS / AFP / Getty Images

Aiko Musashi and her husband, Katsuya, remove belongings from their destroyed home. Residents have started returning to their homes to began the massive cleanup operation caused by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Akiko Ito, 84, in front of destroyed homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROSLAN RAHMAN / AFP / Getty Images

A Japanese rescue worker holds an intravenous drip bag as an elderly survivor is transported to a hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP / Getty Images

Coffins fill a hall. The official number of dead and missing after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan's northeast coast a week ago has topped 16,000.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIJI PRESS / AFP / Getty Images

Japanese soldiers pray for victims found in debris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TORU YAMANAKA / AFP / Getty Images

A rescue worker searches through debris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE CLARKE / AFP / Getty Images

Japanese American Kit Miyamoto, a structural engineer from the United States, is in Japan to help assess the damage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

An aerial view shows the site of a rolling blackout.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

A woman cries after her mother's body is found Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KYODO / Reuters

Passengers form long lines to check in for flights at Narita airport east of Tokyo on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISSEI KATO / Reuters

The city and its harbor were destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A ship was swept onto the dock by the tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A man carries a bucket of water to flush a toilet at a city government office. Kesennuma's water system sustained severe damage in Friday's earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A woman waits to pay the cashier at a 7-Eleven.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

On the Tohoku Expressway between Sendai and Morioka, a man waits in line for gasoline.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

The Tohoku Expressway is nearly deserted Thursday as such roads are closed to all but emergency and other essential traffic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Government officials walk down a recently cleared roadway where the earthquake-spawned tsunami caused a massive fuel spill and fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Thick white smoke billows from the No. 3 unit of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Japanese military helicopters pick up water to dump onto the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in a bid to douse radioactive fuel rods.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOMIURI SHIMBUN / AFP / Getty Images

Passengers line up at Narita International Airport on Thursday for a flight bound for Sydney.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press

A Japanese Self Defense Force soldier prays during a snowfall before removing the body of a tsunami victim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TAKASHI NOGUCHI / AFP / Getty Images

A Japanese doctor holds the hand of an elderly tsunami survivor. She was being treated at a hospital at the time of the tsunami and was shifted to a shelter for earthquake victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP / Getty Images

Katsuo Maiya, 73, cries in front of the rubble where his sister's home stood. Maiya's sister and her husband were killed in Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Itsuo Inouye / Associated Press

A portrait lies in the rubble.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Itsuo Inouye / Associated Press

A firefighter sprays water to clean a street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALY SONG / Reuters

Survivors of the earthquake and tsunami huddle around an open fire.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hirokazu Ono / Associated Press

People line up for gasoline at a filling station Thursday. A cold snap brought heavy blizzards over the country's northeast overnight, covering the tsunami-razed region in deep snow and vital highways in treacherous black ice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP / Getty Images

A man cries next to his destroyed house where his dead mother is still buried under rubble.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yomiuri Shimbun / Reuters

A rescue team from Taiwan searches for survivors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

The devastated town can be seen from a cemetery on a hill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images

A resident walks through the rubble of homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP / Getty Images

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9 Comments

  1. March 17, 2011, 6:12 pm

    how devastating… I wish there was something i could do…

    By: nmoss216@hotmail.com
  2. March 17, 2011, 7:18 pm

    im just scared that radiation is gonna kill me my mom my dogs and my other family and friends please somebody help all of us all of america i haven't a clue

    By: perryjames9@live.com
  3. March 17, 2011, 7:20 pm

    the crisis in japan has scared me im scared the radiation is gonna kill my mom me my dog and everyone'family and friends so anybody please help us all of america i haven't a clue

    By: perryjames9@live.com
  4. March 17, 2011, 10:47 pm

    My whole body aches for the elderly woman in #12.
    Her silent scream speaks for a nation.
    I hope she has family close to her. This has been the most heart wrenching image from Japan since the disaster.
    My heart goes out to all of Japan, and humanity.

    By: SaltyAly
  5. March 17, 2011, 10:59 pm

    My whole body aches for the elderly woman in #12. Her silent scream speaks for the nation of Japan.
    My whole heart aches for Japan.
    I cannot imagine begin there right now… such a beautiful culture has been uprooted.
    I truly feel for you.
    Tears everyday,
    Aly

    By: SaltyAly
  6. March 18, 2011, 6:08 am

    I’m so sad for you young lady. There is nothing I can offer you that will ease you’re grief other than for my prayers to God on all those suffering in Japan & my love through Him to you. I pray Jesus lift up you, the people of Japan and your Nation! In Jesus Mighty Name,

    Amen

    Love,

    Pietra

    By: Pietra
  7. March 20, 2011, 12:09 pm

    You could've been out protesting against any use of nuclear power when your government wanted to start nuclear plants. This was 100% predicted people! The "hippies", "flakes", and non-conformists warned about this for decades. This is NOT A SURPRISE in the slightest.

    The error is in having nuclear power plants. You want to do something? DEMAND THE CLOSURE OF ALL NUCLEAR PLANTS WORLDWIDE.

    By: PESKYEMAIL@YAHOO.COM
  8. March 20, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I was so touched by your photo of the man hugging his dos at the evacuation center that I was compelled to see if he and his dog are ok contact me if there’s something I can do other than sending the monetary donations which we have already done

    By: Marc
  9. March 29, 2011, 5:14 pm

    [...] Photos: Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis [...]

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