Japan Earthquake: Rescue, Recovery, and Reaction

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]

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