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Japan Earthquake: Rescue, Recovery, and Reaction

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Search and rescue teams arriving in Japan's hardest hit areas are so far finding very few survivors, after last week's devastating earthquake. The official number of deaths has climbed above 1,800, but officials fear the eventual number may exceed 10,000, as thousands of bodies are now being discovered on remote beaches. In the days since the earthquake, Japan has experienced an additional 403 aftershocks -- 32 of them with a magnitude greater than 6.0. Fire crews, rescue teams, and volunteers are now digging through the wreckage left by the tsunami, as evacuation efforts continue around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and engineers work to regain control of the failing reactors. [Be sure to see earlier entries from When the Quake Struck and Scenes from the Aftermath] [36 photos]

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Firefighters search for victims Monday, March 14, 2011, in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country\'s northeast coast. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Firefighters search for victims Monday, March 14, 2011, in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, three days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country\'s northeast coast. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A ferry - its deck chairs and tables undisturbed - rests stranded on top of a building in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yumiuri Shimbun) #
Officials in protective gear check for signs of radiation on children who are from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, March 13, 2011. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano confirmed on Saturday there has been an explosion and radiation leakage at Tokyo Electric Power Co\'s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
Officers look at a Mitsubishi F-2 fighter aircraft of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force which was swept by the tsunami into a building at Matsushima base in Higashimatsushima, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
Smoke rises after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
A survivor of the tsunami that swept through his village of Saito, in northeastern Japan, retells the story to a rescue team that arrived to search the area Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Tsunami survivor Hiromitsu Shinkawa, right, waves to rescuers before being rescued to a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer on Sunday March 13, 2011. When spotted, the 60-year-old man was floating off the coast of Fukushima\'s Futaba town on the roof of his house after being swept away in a tsunami. He was in good condition. (AP Photo/Defense Ministry) #
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 Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroaki Ohno) #
A British search and rescue team check their equipment as they arrive at the Misawa U.S. air force base in Misawa, Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. An approximately 70-strong British search and rescue team has arrived in northern Japan to help in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) #
A wrecked sports car sits in flood waters, Monday, March 14, 2011, in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana) #
A Japan Self-Defense Force member reacts after rescuing a four-month-old baby girl in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroto Sekiguchi) #
A monument for victims of World War II stands amid a tsunami-hit area in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake on March 11. (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) #
An emergency worker throws disinfectant powder in an area affected by an earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate prefecture March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Aly Song) #
Japanese rescue workers carry the body of a tsunami victim in devastated town of Otsuchi March 14, 2011. In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday\'s massive earthquake and tsunami. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
A technician of the SERTIT, Regional Service of Image Treatment and Remote Sensing, works on satellite images of the region of Matsushima in Japan, in his office in Illkirch Graffenstaden near Strasbourg, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Vincent Kessler) #
In this photo taken Sunday, March 13, 2011, train rails bent by a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami get stuck by a bridge in Otsuchicho town, northern Japan. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasuhiro Takami) #
An injured child sleeps at a Japanese Red Cross hospital after being evacuated from the area hit by tsunami in Ishinomaki March 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
A man comforts a woman as she cries in front of her damaged home in the town of Watari in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rescue workers move the body of a patient through the halls of a hospital in Minamisanriku town on March 14, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif) #
A destroyed landscape is pictured in Otsuchi village, Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan on March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
Evacuees hug each other as they confirm each other\'s safety at a makeshift shelter in Otsuchicho town, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yasuhiro Takami) #
Japanese refugees rest inside a school gymnasium where hundreds took shelter in Sendai, northeastern Japan, on Monday, March 14, 2011 following Friday\'s massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder) #
Japanese emergency crews work to free a body as it sits pinned among concrete sea barriers Monday, March 14, 2011, in Toyoma, Japan. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #
Debris litters Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images) #
A woman takes a picture of a list of names of survivors who are in shelters at the Natori City Hall in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture on March 14, 2011 (TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images) #
A vessel sits on the rubble in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) #
An aerial view of a line of people waiting for water on school grounds after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake hit Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011. (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
A man walks by Japanese word meaning "food" drawn over fading sign of SOS marked on the ground in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture on March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Motoki Nakashima) #
A rescue official walks through Minamisanriku town on March 14, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif) #
A hand of a victim is seen in the debris in Saito village, Miyagi Prefecture, Monday, March 14, 2011 after Japan\'s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) #
A Japanese rescue worker walks through a destroyed residential area of tsunami-hit Otsuchi March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj) #
A photo hangs from the remains of a house in the seaside town of Toyoma, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) #
People hug after finding relatives at an evacuation centre near Rikuzentakata, northern Japan on March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won) #
A local resident looks on in an area affected by an earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Aly Song) #
A mother tries to talk to her daughter who has been isolated for signs of radiation after evacuating from the vicinity of Fukushima\'s nuclear plants, at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao HEALTH) #
A woman sits amidst wreckage caused by Friday\'s massive earthquake and the ensuing tsunami, in Natori, northern Japan Sunday, March 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari) #

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