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Japan Disaster Aftermath

On March 12, 2011, a day after a massive tsunami tore through northeastern coastal communities, residents surveyed the devastation that has laid waste to whole sections of Japan after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake that set off one of the greatest disasters in the country's history. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL SIZE, START SLIDE SHOW.

Rescue workers carry an elderly man found alive by tsunami survivors buried under rubble along a slope of a hill in Minamisanrikucho in Miyagi Prefecture on Monday, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's northeast coast. Enlarge Rescue workers carry an elderly man found alive by tsunami survivors buried under rubble along a slope of a hill ...
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People walk a road between the rubble of destroyed buildings in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on Monday, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. Enlarge People walk a road between the rubble of destroyed buildings in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on Monday, three ...
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Members of the Japanese Defense Force remove the body of a victim of last week's tsunami from what remains of Nobiru station in Miyagi, Japan. Enlarge Members of the Japanese Defense Force remove the body of a victim of last week's tsunami from what remains of ...
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Evacuees gather around the candlelight at a blacked out shelter Monday in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge Evacuees gather around the candlelight at a blacked out shelter Monday in Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.
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A family takes a rest with their pet dog on Monday at a shelter at Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge A family takes a rest with their pet dog on Monday at a shelter at Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.
People walk through a street covered in rubble Monday to receive water in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge People walk through a street covered in rubble Monday to receive water in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.
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A little child is held by rescue workers after being rescued from a building at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A little child is held by rescue workers after being rescued from a building at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan.
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A large ship sits among rubble after it was hit by a tsunami in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A large ship sits among rubble after it was hit by a tsunami in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan.
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A man stands on a street scattered with rubble, boats and vehicles at Miyako, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A man stands on a street scattered with rubble, boats and vehicles at Miyako, northeastern Japan.
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Rescue workers look for survivors while going through debris in Rikuzentakada in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Rescue workers look for survivors while going through debris in Rikuzentakada in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
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A woman cries as she meest up again with a friend at an evacuation center in Rikuzentaketa, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Enlarge A woman cries as she meest up again with a friend at an evacuation center in Rikuzentaketa, Iwate prefecture, Japan.
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White smokes rises from burning houses in Yamadamachi in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge White smokes rises from burning houses in Yamadamachi in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.
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Police officers wearing gas masks patrol in the area of the Fukushima power plant's Unit 1 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, amid fears that a part of the plant could melt down. Enlarge Police officers wearing gas masks patrol in the area of the Fukushima power plant's Unit 1 in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture,...
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Smoke rises from Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Saturday in this video image taken from NTV Japan via APTN. The walls of a building at the nuclear power station crumbled Saturday as smoke poured out, and Japanese officials said they feared the reactor could melt down following the failure of its cooling system. Enlarge Smoke rises from Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Saturday in this video image ...
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Local residents form a long line at a water station set up at a park at Koriyama, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Local residents form a long line at a water station set up at a park at Koriyama, northeastern Japan.
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A man takes a picture of a car washed atop a building by a tsunami following a massive earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge A man takes a picture of a car washed atop a building by a tsunami following a massive earthquake in ...
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Buildings are covered with mud in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge Buildings are covered with mud in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.
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An Indian snacks vendor walks past a sand sculpture on a beach in Puri, India, depicting the tsunami that hit Japan, created by sand artist Sudarshan Pattanik with a message to help victims. Enlarge An Indian snacks vendor walks past a sand sculpture on a beach in Puri, India, depicting the tsunami that hit ...
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Members of a family have a dinner at a shelter in Ofuna, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Members of a family have a dinner at a shelter in Ofuna, Iwate prefecture, Japan.
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A vehicle is buried in mud and debris after it was washed away by tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan. Enlarge A vehicle is buried in mud and debris after it was washed away by tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan.
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Thick black smokes cover the sky over Tagajo, Miyagi, northern Japan. Enlarge Thick black smokes cover the sky over Tagajo, Miyagi, northern Japan.
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Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai, northern Japan. Enlarge Cargo containers are strewn about in Sendai, northern Japan.
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A stranded elderly woman is carried on the back of a Japanese soldier after being rescued from a residence at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A stranded elderly woman is carried on the back of a Japanese soldier after being rescued from a residence at ...
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An aerial view shows vehicles washed away by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan. Enlarge An aerial view shows vehicles washed away by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.
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A firefighter runs through the disaster scene in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan Enlarge A firefighter runs through the disaster scene in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan
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Elderly Japanese huddle together on the rooftop of a school where they sought shelter in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Elderly Japanese huddle together on the rooftop of a school where they sought shelter in Sendai, northeastern Japan.
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Men look at a railway track damaged by Friday's strong earthquake and quake-triggered tsunami in Miyako, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Men look at a railway track damaged by Friday's strong earthquake and quake-triggered tsunami in Miyako, Iwate prefecture, Japan....
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Buildings are submerged after an earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Yamamoto town in Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan. Enlarge Buildings are submerged after an earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Yamamoto town in Miyagi prefecture (state), Japan.
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Harald Aubig, a member of the German Federal Agency for technical relief, waits to board a plane to Japan at Frankfurt-Hahn airport near Lautzenhausen, Germany. Enlarge Harald Aubig, a member of the German Federal Agency for technical relief, waits to board a plane to Japan at ...
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Search and rescue dog Pia waits with members of the German Federal Agency for technical Relief to board a plane to Japan at Frankfurt-Hahn airport near Lautzenhausen, Germany. Enlarge Search and rescue dog Pia waits with members of the German Federal Agency for technical Relief to board a plane ...
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Japan Defense Force personell help people go through the flooded area by boats in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (state), northern Japan. Enlarge Japan Defense Force personell help people go through the flooded area by boats in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (state), northern ...
AP / YOMIURI SHIMBUN
Residents sleep in a community center Saturday after being evacuated from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facilities in Iwaki City, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, following Friday's massive 8.9 earthquake. Enlarge Residents sleep in a community center Saturday after being evacuated from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facilities in Iwaki City,...
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Landslide covers train tracks near Echigotanaka Station in Niigata prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Landslide covers train tracks near Echigotanaka Station in Niigata prefecture, Japan.
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Oil leaked from a Nippon Petroleum Refining Co. oil factory float at Shiogama Bay, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Oil leaked from a Nippon Petroleum Refining Co. oil factory float at Shiogama Bay, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
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A fishing boat stands in front of a man at Miyako, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A fishing boat stands in front of a man at Miyako, northeastern Japan.
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An elderly woman who spent the night at a school, in background, is helped by rescuers in Sendai, northeastern Japan, a day after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. Enlarge An elderly woman who spent the night at a school, in background, is helped by rescuers in Sendai, northeastern Japan,...
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An earthquake-triggered tsunami washes away a warehouse and vehicles in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Enlarge An earthquake-triggered tsunami washes away a warehouse and vehicles in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
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Japanese soldiers and rescue workers try to remove rubble on a street in Kamaishi, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Japanese soldiers and rescue workers try to remove rubble on a street in Kamaishi, northeastern Japan.
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Displaced vehicles are seen at Sendai Port in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Displaced vehicles are seen at Sendai Port in Sendai, northeastern Japan.
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Smoke billows from a burning oil refinery as a man inspects damages done by a massive tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge Smoke billows from a burning oil refinery as a man inspects damages done by a massive tsunami triggered by a ...
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A man walks by a collapsed house and debris at Sendai Port in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A man walks by a collapsed house and debris at Sendai Port in Sendai, northeastern Japan.
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A bridge under construction, left, and an existing one are damaged in Namegata, Ibaraki prefecture, a day after one of Japan's strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit the country's east coast. Enlarge A bridge under construction, left, and an existing one are damaged in Namegata, Ibaraki prefecture, a day after one of ...
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A collapsed house remains in debris at Sendai Port in Sendai, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A collapsed house remains in debris at Sendai Port in Sendai, northeastern Japan.
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Smoke billows from an oil refinery plant on fire in Sendai, northeastern Japan, on Saturday following Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake and the tsunami it spawned hit the country's northeastern coast. Enlarge Smoke billows from an oil refinery plant on fire in Sendai, northeastern Japan, on Saturday following Friday's 8.9-magnitude ...
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People walk by a car got stuck into a building in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge People walk by a car got stuck into a building in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan.
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Smoke billows from an oil refinery plant on fire in Sendai, northeastern Japan, on Saturday following Friday's 8.9-magnitude quake and the tsunami it spawned hit the country's northeastern coast. Enlarge Smoke billows from an oil refinery plant on fire in Sendai, northeastern Japan, on Saturday following Friday's 8.9-magnitude ...
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A large trailer stuck in an narrow canal leans over debris at a port in Sendai, northern Japan. Enlarge A large trailer stuck in an narrow canal leans over debris at a port in Sendai, northern Japan.
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Electric poles stand tilted near a port in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Electric poles stand tilted near a port in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
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People taking a shelter by an evacuation order are provided hot meal in Namiemachi in Fukushima Prefecture as Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 faced a possible meltdown. Enlarge People taking a shelter by an evacuation order are provided hot meal in Namiemachi in Fukushima Prefecture as Fukushima Daiichi ...
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A man walks in a flooded street in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, following a massive tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake. Enlarge A man walks in a flooded street in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, following a massive tsunami triggered by a ...
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A military helicopter flies over a sunken town in northern Japan following a massive tsunami triggered by one of strongest earthquakes ever recorded . Enlarge A military helicopter flies over a sunken town in northern Japan following a massive tsunami triggered by one of strongest ...
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Japan's new Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Chiaki Takahashi, left, greets South Korean rescue team members with search dogs as they arrive at Tokyo's international airport at Haneda. Enlarge Japan's new Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Chiaki Takahashi, left, greets South Korean rescue team members with search dogs ...
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Firefighting ships spray water over burning oil refinery tanks in Ichihara in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. Enlarge Firefighting ships spray water over burning oil refinery tanks in Ichihara in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo.
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A vessel and debris surge between displaced houses in Minamisanrikucho, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A vessel and debris surge between displaced houses in Minamisanrikucho, northeastern Japan.
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A Japan Air Defense Force helicopter lands on a ground next to a totally damaged building in Minamisanrikucho in Miyagi Prefecture. Enlarge A Japan Air Defense Force helicopter lands on a ground next to a totally damaged building in Minamisanrikucho in Miyagi ...
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Damaged houses and other debris float in the waters off Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (State) a day after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. Enlarge Damaged houses and other debris float in the waters off Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (State) a day after a giant ...
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Vehicles are piled up in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Vehicles are piled up in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
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Damaged buildings are swept out in Noda village, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Damaged buildings are swept out in Noda village, Iwate prefecture, Japan.
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A Japan Air Defense Force's helicopter hovers over a ground marked with SOS signs and letters reading: Enlarge A Japan Air Defense Force's helicopter hovers over a ground marked with SOS signs and letters reading: "Food, water and ...
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People stranded on a damaged building are rescued in Noda village, Iwate prefecture, Japan. Enlarge People stranded on a damaged building are rescued in Noda village, Iwate prefecture, Japan.
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Residents make their way through rubble at Kesennnuma, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Residents make their way through rubble at Kesennnuma, northeastern Japan.
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Vessels burn at the Bay of Kesennuma in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, after an 8.9-magnitude quake and the tsunami it spawned hit the country's northeastern coast. Enlarge Vessels burn at the Bay of Kesennuma in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, after an 8.9-magnitude quake and the tsunami ...
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People look at the severely damaged road scattered with debris at Miyako, northeastern Japan. Enlarge People look at the severely damaged road scattered with debris at Miyako, northeastern Japan.
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Smokes rise from burning residences in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Smokes rise from burning residences in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
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A train sits derailed in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture, Japan Enlarge A train sits derailed in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture, Japan
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Japanese soldiers make their way atop a wall to get around vehicles swept by a tsunami at Kesennnuma, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Japanese soldiers make their way atop a wall to get around vehicles swept by a tsunami at Kesennnuma, northeastern Japan.
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A member of the Air Self-Defense Force rescues a stranded person from the roof of a building in Minamisanrikucho, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A member of the Air Self-Defense Force rescues a stranded person from the roof of a building in Minamisanrikucho,...
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Rescue workers stand by totally shattered houses by a port in Rikuzentakada in Iwate Prefecture (state), northern Japan. Enlarge Rescue workers stand by totally shattered houses by a port in Rikuzentakada in Iwate Prefecture (state), northern Japan.
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Members from a fire department's helicopters operates rescue activities in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Members from a fire department's helicopters operates rescue activities in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan.
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Local residents stranded in a building are evacuated in a makeshift boat to a safer place at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Local residents stranded in a building are evacuated in a makeshift boat to a safer place at Kesennuma, northeastern Japan.
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A woman carries belongings she collected from a house swept by a tsunami at Rikuzentakada, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A woman carries belongings she collected from a house swept by a tsunami at Rikuzentakada, northeastern Japan.
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Rubble and collapsed homes are strewn about near a branch of Miyako City Hall in Iwate prefecture, northern Japan. Enlarge Rubble and collapsed homes are strewn about near a branch of Miyako City Hall in Iwate prefecture, northern Japan.
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A car leans against a wire from an electric pole in Miyako, northeastern Japan. Enlarge A car leans against a wire from an electric pole in Miyako, northeastern Japan.
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A stranded person is plucked by a rescue helicopter above Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, after a giant quake and tsunami struck the country's northeastern coast. Enlarge A stranded person is plucked by a rescue helicopter above Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, after a giant quake and tsunami struck ...
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Cars of a train lie overturned in Shinchi town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. Enlarge Cars of a train lie overturned in Shinchi town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan.
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Japanese military helicopter sits among debris at Matsushima air base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, northeastern Japan. Enlarge Japanese military helicopter sits among debris at Matsushima air base of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, northeastern Japan....
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