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After Japan's earthquake and tsunami - week 8
A 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggers a tsunami, causing enormous damage and killing thousands.
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epa02709466 This photograph released 30 April 2011 shows a radiation measuring instrument next to some residents in Kawauchimura located in the radius of 20-30 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on 28 April 2011. Most residents of Kawauchimura have evacuated to Koriyama in order to avoid the radiation, but some remain in the area of their own accord. EPA/KOICHI KAMOSHIDA— Koichi Kamoshida / EPA
epa02709533 This photograph released 30 April 2011 shows a brazier at the house of Masahiro Kazami (not pictured) located in the radius of 20-30 km from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on 28 April 2011. Most residents of Kawauchimura have evacuated to Koriyama in order to avoid the radiation. Kazami and some others remain in the area of their own accord. EPA/KOICHI KAMOSHIDA— Koichi Kamoshida / EPA
Volunteers help clean a cemetery at Jionin temple in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Friday, April 29, 2011. Many volunteers poured into the disaster-hit region at the beginning of the annual Golden Week holiday which began Friday in Japan. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)— Hiro Komae / AP
Japanese government adviser Toshiso Kosako is overcame with emotion during a news conference Friday, April 29, 2011 in Tokyo announcing his resignation from the position. The expert on radiation exposure said he could not stay and allow the government to set what he called improper radiation limits of 20 millisieverts an hour for elementary schools in areas near the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE— Kyodo News
Fuel rods are seen inside the spent fuel pool of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant reactor 4 in this still image taken from video and released by Okyo Electric Power (TEPCO) on April 30, 2011. Japan's worst-on-record earthquake and tsunami on March 11 crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo. Japanese engineers are struggling to end the world's worst nuclear crisis since the 1986 Chernobyl accident. Mandatory credit REUTERS/TEPCO/Handout (JAPAN - Tags: ENERGY DISASTER) JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. MANDATORY CREDIT— Ho / X80001
A volunteer girl from Tokyo works to clean the debris of a house in Higashimatsushima, northern Japan Saturday, April 30, 2011. She is a member of a Tokyo's volunteer group which helps earthquake and tsunami devastated areas on weekend. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE— Kyodo News
In this photo taken Sunday, May 1, 2011, farmer Tsugio Sato culls extra flowers to have bigger sizes of Japanese pears in Fukushima ciry, northeastern Japan. He said he expects to harvest the pears in October. The unfortunate association has been a painful economic consequence of the triple disaster for Fukushima prefecture and Fukushima city, located about 64 kilometers (40 miles) inland from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Along with the direct economic hit, farmers and businesses face so-called "fuhyo higai," or damages stemming from the battered reputation of the Fukushima brand. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)— Hiro Komae / AP
Members of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) in protective gear receive radiation screening in Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture, after searching for bodies at an area devastated by the March 11 deadly earthquake and tsunami within a 10 km (6 miles) radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, May 3, 2011. Soldiers moved to within 10 km (6 miles) of the Fukushima complex to search for those still missing following the disaster, the closest they have come to the plant since it began leaking radiation after the natural disaster hit. Mandatory Credit REUTERS/Japan Ground Self-Defence Force/Handout (JAPAN - Tags: DISASTER ENERGY) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT— Ho / X80001
Ruriko Sakuma, daughter of dairy farmer Shinji Sakuma, rubs a cow at their farm in the village of Katsurao in Fukushima prefecture, 25 kms west of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant on May 3, 2011 after returning to feed their livestock from a shelter in Fukushima City. The March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami left some 26,000 dead or missing and obliterated whole towns and villages on the northeast coast. Thousands of farm animals died of hunger in the weeks following the quake as authorities created an exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant. AFP PHOTO / YOSHIKAZU TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)— Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP