Now and Then – Six Months after the 3.11 Earthquake

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September 9, 2011, Ofunato, Japan – A canal is clogged with a heap of motor vehicles as a washed-away fishing boat sits in the background in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture, 435km northeast of Tokyo, on April 2, 2011, left. The boat still sits at the same place but clear water runs in the cleared canal on Friday, September 9, 2011. Japan marks sixth months anniversary on September 11 of an earthquake and tsunami that have ravaged 130 kilometers along the Pacific coast in the country’s northeastern region, leaving nearly 20,000 dead or missing. Six months after the nation’s worst ever disaster. which also sparked a nuclear crisis, still more than 20,000 people are forced to dwell in temporary shelters and housings throughout the area. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

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Sendai, Japan – A light plane sits on the debris at Sendai Airport, Miyagi Prefecture, 435km northeast of Tokyo, on Monday, March 14, 2011, top. The airport, located along the Pacific coast, was flooded by a 10-meter tsunami following a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 that jolted northeastern Japanese cities on March 11. Weeds have grown in the field once the light plane was washed away by tsunami on Thursday, September 8. Japan marks sixth months anniversary on September 11 of an earthquake and tsunami that have ravaged 130 kilometers along the Pacific coast in the country’s northeastern region, leaving nearly 20,000 dead or missing. Six months after the nation’s worst ever disaster. which also sparked a nuclear crisis, still more than 20,000 people are forced to dwell in temporary shelters and housings throughout the area. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)