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PICTURES: Japan Earthquake, Two Weeks Later

Destroyed vehicles are placed next to a runway for disposal at Sendai airport, northeastern Japan on March 24.((AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hitomi Sadasue))

March 25, 2011

Two weeks after northeastern Japan was struck by a massive earthquake and tsunami, the cost of the disaster is becoming clearer. The Japanese government has estimated the direct damage at as much as $310 billion, making it the world's costliest-ever natural disaster. As of today, more than 10,000 deaths have been confirmed and another 17,000 people remain missing.

 

At Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, it raised suspicions of a possible breach when two workers waded into water 10,000 times more radioactive than normal and suffered skin burns.

 

Earthquake survivors return to their homes to collect what they can find, to mourn their losses, and try to find a sense of normalcy in lives that have been ripped apart.

 

Collected here are recent images from northeastern Japan, 14 days after it was rocked by disaster on a historic scale.

 


A bereaved family member of a victim of the earthquake and tsunami prays in front of a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, on March 24, 2011. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)


2. Members of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force carry the coffin of a victim of the earthquake and tsunami at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi Matsushima, northern Japan, on March 23. The site will be excavated to accommodate around 1,000 bodies in total. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)


3. A Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Higashi Matsushima, Japan on March 22. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)


4. Ducks swim past a submerged vehicle after the earthquake and tsunami in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, on March 24. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)


5. A house rests upside down in an open field along the coast near Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Friday, March 25. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


6. Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) 3rd Class Emmanuel Gedeon, from Miami, checks sprinklers during a countermeasure wash-down on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) off the coast of Japan, on March 23. Sailors scrubbed the external surfaces on the flight deck and island superstructure to remove potential radiation contamination while operating off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance as directed in support of Operation Tomodachi. (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Kevin B. Gray)


7. A traditional Japanese sandal, worn with formal kimono dress, lies in the rubble in the earthquake and tsunami destroyed town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan on Sunday, March 20. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


8. People walk amid debris in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 24. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)


9. Notes left behind by Japanese evacuees looking for loved ones inside a shelter in the earthquake and tsunami-destroyed town of Rikuzentakata, Japan on March 21. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


10. These two photos show a road devastated by March 11's massive earthquake (left) and the same road after restoration in Naka, Japan. The highway company restored the 150-meter section of the highway linking Tokyo and the quake-damaged Ibaraki prefecture in six days. The photos were taken on March 11, 2011, left, and on March 17, 2011, right. (AP Photo/NEXCO East)


11. A vehicle destroyed by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami is seen transported into a car dump in Miyako town, Iwate prefecture, on March 25. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)


12. Destroyed vehicles are placed next to a runway for disposal at Sendai airport, northeastern Japan on March 24. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hitomi Sadasue)


13. A person walks under snow through the town of Yamada, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, on March 23. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Tetsuya Kikumasa)


14. A dead horse lies among the rubble in Higashi-Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 23. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)


15. A mud-covered group photograph is seen amid the debris in the town of Rikuzentakata, northern Japan, on March 23. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)


16. A photograph is seen in the rubble of a destroyed house in Otsuchi, Japan, on March 22. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)


17. A survivor checks salvaged memorial pictures and goods on display at a corner of the town hall in Yamada town, Iwate prefecture, on March 25. (TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)


18. A woman sits motionless at an evacuee center for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear facilities, on March 25 in Soma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)


19. A school board in an English classroom at a relief center in tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata, in Iwate prefecture on March 24. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)


20. A fishing boat remains stuck atop a damaged building at Kadonohama fishing port in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, on March 20. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)


21. A general night view taken with a long exposure shows destroyed houses and debris in the tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata on March 22. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)


22. A Japanese soldier stands guard amongst fishing boats and debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture on March 25. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)


23. A fish lies on top of a destroyed car in the town of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 20. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


24. A car sits on headstones in a cemetery in Higashimatsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 22. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)


25. Tayo Kitamura, 40, touches the covered body of her mother Kuniko Kitamura, 69, after Japanese firemen discovered the dead woman inside the ruins of her home in Onagawa, northeastern Japan, on March 19. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)


26. Family members and relatives transfer the bones of Masaichi Oyama, who was killed by the tsunami, by chopsticks into an urn the during a cremation ceremony on March 24 in Kurihara , Japan. The family lost three family members from the earthquake and tsunami. Under Japanese Buddhist practice, a cremation is the expected traditional way of dealing with the dead, but now with the death toll so high, crematoriums are overwhelmed and there is a shortage of fuel to burn them. Local municipalities are forced to dig mass graves as a temporary solution. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)


27. A piano is submerged in water in the area devastated by tsunami in Rikuzentakat on March 21. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)


28. A resident explains his fears during a town hall meeting on the impact of radiation exposure from the nearby leaking Fukushima nuclear facilities, on March 22 in the town of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)


29. A young evacuee is screened at a shelter for leaked radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, on March 24 in Fukushima, Fukushima prefecture. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)


30. Efforts to spray water into the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, are seen in this March 22 handout photograph released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Reuters/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)


31. Ruins of a Toyota dealership, in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi prefecture, March 22. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)


32. A car rests on top of a destroyed 3-story building after the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture on March 22. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)


33. A man stands on a broken road next to a destroyed breakwater in Otsuchi on March 22. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)


34. This photo taken on March 23 shows people searching for their loved ones as they check bodies at a bowling alley converted into a makeshift morgue in Natori in Miyagi prefecture. (MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)


35. Japanese firemen carry away a body they found where it had been washed into a ravine in Onagawa, northeastern Japan, on March 19. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)


36. A man walks next to debris by a forest which stopped the wave caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 22. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)


37. Machiko Shimizu, a graduate from Okirai Junior High School, wipes her tears during a graduation ceremony at Okirai Kindergarten at Okirai district in Ofunato on March 23. Classes stopped when the junior high school was hit by the March 11 tsunami. Students were kept away when it was used as a temporary morgue for earthquake and tsunami victims. The students returned for a simple graduation ceremony held for 10 boys and 19 girls. (Reuters/Issei Kato)


38. An abandoned apartment building in Rikuzentakata, on March 23. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj)


39. Divers from the Japanese Coast Guard search for missing persons in the port of Ayukawa in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, on March 23. (KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)


40. A forklift unloads relief materials from a U.S. Marines KC-130J transport plane on March 24 at Sendai Airport in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)


41. A farmer drains milk into a pit in Iitate, in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, in this photo taken by Yomiuri Shimbun on March 23. Japanese authorities had temporarily advised against allowing infants to drink tap water in Tokyo due to raised radiation levels, and the United States became the first nation to block some food imports from Japan, saying it would halt milk, vegetable, and fruit imports from areas near the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant because of contamination fears. (Reuters/Yomiuri Shimbun)


42. Japan Ground Self Defense Force members search for earthquake and tsunami victims in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 25. (Reuters/Kyodo)


43. Large fishing boats are left washed ashore after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on March 23. (AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Kaname Muto)


44. Ryo Taira (right) and an unidentified man lift a young porpoise out of a flooded rice field after it was swept there by the earlier tsunami in Sendai, Japan, on March 22. Taira found the porpoise struggling in the shallow water and after failing to net it, waded in to the field, which had yet to be sown with rice, to cradle the animal in his arms. (Reuters/Asahi Shimbun)


45. Heavy machinery is used to remove remains from destroyed houses near Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 22. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)


46. A crow flies across a road at Otsu port, in Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki prefecture, on March 23. (Reuters/Toru Hanai)

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