Photos: Earthquake and tsunami hit Japan
A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011. The two natural disasters have likely killed well more than 10,000 people and has left hundreds of thousands homeless. Adding to the tragedy, the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant suffered extreme damage and has put the country of Japan on high alert for a potential nuclear catastrophe.
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Family members grieve over the coffin of Masami Takahashi during a burial service at a temporary burial site in Kensennuma, Japan. Under Japanese Buddhist practice, a cremation is the expected traditional way of dealing with the dead, but now with the death toll so high crematoriums are overwhelmed and there is a shortage of fuel to burn them. Local municipalities are forced to dig mass graves as a temporary solution. More than two weeks after the magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan the death toll has risen to over 10,000 dead with still thousands missing and the expectation is that it will end up well over 20,000.