Missing persons search

Divers from the Japanese Coast Guard search for missing persons in the port of Ayukawa in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. The number of people confirmed dead or listed as missing in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO000001" title="Japan" href="/topic/international/japan-PLGEO000001.topic">Japan</a> rose above 26,000, nearly two weeks after a massive <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVWAN00003" title="Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)" href="/topic/disasters-accidents/earthquakes/japan-earthquake-tsunami-%282011%29-EVWAN00003.topic">earthquake</a> and tsunami struck the country's northeast coast. There are fears of a much higher toll from the disaster, which flattened entire towns along the Pacific coast of northern Honshu island.

( Kazuhiro Nogi, AFP/Getty Images / March 24, 2011 )

Divers from the Japanese Coast Guard search for missing persons in the port of Ayukawa in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. The number of people confirmed dead or listed as missing in Japan rose above 26,000, nearly two weeks after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country's northeast coast. There are fears of a much higher toll from the disaster, which flattened entire towns along the Pacific coast of northern Honshu island.

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