Photo Gallery Japan's Ongoing Crisis

The news continues to worsen from the stricken nuclear power facility in Fukushima, Japan. Workers are struggling to get the reactors there back under control, but their efforts are having limited effect. Meanwhile, many other towns are struggling to come to terms with the damage unleashed by last Friday's earthquake and tsunami.
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Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant remains in dire straits as workers struggle to get the reactors there back under control. This image from a nearby webcam shows smoke rising from the plant. The 50 workers who remain at the site had to be temporarily pulled back on Wednesday morning due to a strong increase in radiation levels. After levels subsided, the workers continued the battle.

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Unease is growing in the Japanese population in light of the worsening situation at Fukushima. The plant is just up the coast from Tokyo, and many have begun leaving the capital city for locations further south. Here, Tokyo residents are crammed into a bullet train leaving the city.

Foto: Adam Pretty/ Getty Images
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Workers at Fukushima had hoped that helicopters carrying water could contribute to ongoing efforts to keep fuel rods submerged and cooled. High levels of leaked radiation, however, have resulted in a grounding of the helicopters on Wednesday.

Foto: AP/ NHK TV
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Meanwhile, the search for survivors continues, though hope of finding more is rapidly evaporating. Search teams from all over the world are active in Japan, including this one from France. Thousands of bodies have washed up on the Japanese coast in recent days after having been pulled out to sea by Friday's tsunami.

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A man in Rikuzentakata looks for his missing wife. The official number of dead as a result of the earthquake and tsunami has risen beyond 3,000 people, but the number of missing remains much higher.

Foto: AP/ Kyodo News
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Some 76,000 buildings were damaged in the disaster with at least 6,300 having been destroyed entirely.

Foto: AP/ Kyodo News
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Rescue workers say the chances of finding quake survivors are lower in Japan that in similar disaster elsewhere because of the tsunami which flooded coastal areas and washed away entire towns immediately after the 9.0 magnitude temblor.

Foto: Kiyoshi Ota/ Getty Images
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Many in Tokyo are concerned about increased levels of radiation measured above the city. But health officials have urged people to remain calm and said radiation levels do not yet pose an immediate health risk.

Foto: Diego Azubel/ dpa
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Japan has been rattled by several aftershocks and subsequent tsunami warnings in the days since the big quake last Friday. Here, rescue workers from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent in the ruined city of Otsuchi.

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The powerful tsunami picked up boats, cars and even houses, depositing them far inland or sweeping them out to see. This sailboat is among the debris littering the streets of Ofunato.

Foto: REUTERS/ U.S. Navy
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This satellite image taken at 9:35 a.m. local time on Wednesday morning clearly shows the damaged reactors at the Fukushima facility.

Foto: REUTERS/ DigitalGlobe
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In addition to concern about the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japanese citizens are also facing shortages of food and water in some areas close to the disaster zone. Here, survivors receive free eggs distributed by a vendor in the city of Ishinomaki.

Foto: AP/ Kyodo News
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The powerful tsunami swept far inland an virtually levelled several towns, like Onagawa, pictures here. On Wednesday morning, cold temperatures and heavy snowfall in some areas further hampered relief efforts.

Foto: AP/ Kyodo News
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Hundreds of thousands of Japanese remain homeless and have found lodging in dozens of emergency shelters set up around the country. Here, a woman who was evacuated from near the Fukushima nuclear plant feeds her baby.

Foto: Gregory Bull/ AP
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Heavy snow hit the disater area in north-eastern Japan on Wednesday.

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The cold weather has made life even more uncomfortable for survivors. Electricity and heating has also been in short supply in many parts of north-eastern Japan as a result of the catastrophe.

Foto: AP/ Yomiuri Shimbun
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Most Japanese have remained largely calm in the face of the difficulties unleashed by the earthquake and tsunami. Here, residents line up to buy necessities at a supermarket in Sendai.

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Much of the global attention has remained focused on the ongoing race against time at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant. This handout photo from the Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant, shows the heavily damaged third and fourth reactors.

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Officials in Japan are estimating that well more than 10,000 people died in the disater. Heavy snowfall has reduced already extremely slim chances of finding anyone else alive.

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Many Japanese, including these two children, have left the northeast for extended visits to family and friends further south and away from the danger zone.

Foto: AP/ Asahi Shimbun
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Meanwhile, those who have been evacuated from near the Fukushima nuclear power plant are all being checked for elevated levels of radiation. Residents within 30 kilometers of the plant have been told to remain indoors.

Foto: DPA/ Asahi Shimbun
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Firefighters using heavy equipment under an overpass in the difficult search for survivors.

Foto: AP/ The Yomiuri Shimbun
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