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Before: A sightseeing catamaran washed ashore by the tsunami sits on a tourist home in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, on April 16, 2011. (Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP/Getty Images). After: Jan. 16, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, on March 14, 2011. (Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 15, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Yuko Sugimoto looking for her son in the tsunami-hit town of Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on March 13, 2011. After: Sugimoto with her 5-year-old son Raito at the same place on January 27, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Tagajo, Miyagi prefecture, on March 13, 2011. (Kim Jae-Hwan / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 12, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: People evacuate in small boats down a road flooded by the tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on March 12, 2011. After: The same area on January 13, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Rikuzentakata city, Iwate prefecture, on March 22, 2011. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 15, 2012. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, on March 14, 2011. (Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 15, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: The ship Asia Sympathy is grounded in Kamaishi, Iwate prefecture, on March 18, 2011. (Roslan Rahman / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 16, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, on March 22, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP/Getty Images). After: Jan. 15, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: A fishing boat lies among tsunami debris in Otsuchi, Iwate prefecture, on March 31, 2011. (Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP/Getty Images After: Jan. 16, 2012. (Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Outside Sendai Airport in Natori, Miyagi prefecture, on March 13, 2011. (Mike Clarke / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 12, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on March 15, 2011. (Kim Jae-Hwan / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 13, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on March 15, 2011. (Philippe Lopez / AFP/Getty Images) After: Jan. 13, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, as seen from a hill on March 16, 2011. (Philippe Lopez / AFP/Getty Images After: Jan. 14, 2012. (Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images)

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

Before: Waves breech an embankment in Miyako, Iwate prefecture, on March 11, 2011. After: January 16, 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images

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