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Satellite Photos of Japan

UPDATED March 15, 2011

Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami

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Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Japan's largest ongoing threat is at this nuclear power plant. There have been explosions at four of its six reactors and all four have released some radioactive material.

Nov. 15, 2009

March 12, 2011

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North of Sendai

This area, which includes Minamisanriku and the Onagawa nuclear plant, was closest to the epicenter of the quake. In Minamisanriku alone, more than 10,000 people are missing.

Nov. 4, 2009

March 12, 2011

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Sendai's city center, about 7 miles inland, remained largely intact after the quake, but there was massive damage along the coast. Much of the airport, which is less than a mile from the water, was also destroyed.

Sept. 21, 2010

March 12, 2011

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Iwaki area

Whole neighborhoods were in ruin and cars and debris were piled high around Iwaki.

Jan. 23, 2010

March 12, 2011

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