In Japan Quake's Aftermath, Vast Devastation—a Slideshow

A humanitarian, economic and nuclear crisis widens

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — As the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex continued on Thursday, officials said that the earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11 has killed more than 4,300 people, with the toll likely to climb well over 10,000. Police said more than 452,000 people are staying in temporary shelters such as school gymnasiums. Millions of Japanese have been with little food and water in heavy snow and rain.

 

Houses are in flames while the Natori river is flooded over the surrounding area by tsunami tidal waves in Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on March 11. (AP Photo/Yasushi Kanno, The Yomiuri Shimbun)

 

 

A man cycles by a ship at Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, Monday, March 14, 2011, three days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's east coast. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

 

In this photo taken Friday, March 11, 2011, an aerial view shows vehicles washed away by an earthquake triggered tsunami in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.  (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Atsushi Taketazu)

 

 

A resident cycles past wrecked cars in the seaside town of Yotsukura, northern Japan, Monday, March 14. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

 

 

 

A truck dangles from a collapsed bridge in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroshi Adachi)

 

 

This satellite photo taken Wednesday March 16, 2011, and provided by DigitalGlobe shows the damage after the earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant complex. The satellite image confirms damage to the Units 1, 3, and 4 reactor buildings. Steam can be seen venting from the unit 2 reactor building, as well as from the Unit 3 reactor building. Additional damage can be seen to several other buildings approximately 350 meters north of the Unit 2 reactor building. (AP Photo/DigitalGlobe)

 

Residents evacuated from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear facilities damaged in Friday's massive earthquake, are checked for radiation contamination, Sunday, March 13, 2011, in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

 

 

A woman on a wheelchair takes a radiation exposure scanning at a gymnasium in Koriyama, northern Japan, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Koichi Nakamura)

 

A man reacts while looking at a stock price board in Tokyo Monday, March 14, as the Tokyo stock market plunged on its first business day after an earthquake and tsunami of epic proportions laid waste to cities along Japan's northeast coast. Only stock prices of construction and housing business show upward trend in red digits. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

 

 

Japanese survivors of Friday's earthquake and tsunami walk under umbrellas through the leveled city of Minamisanriku, in northeastern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

 

 

A Japan Self-Defense Force member reacts after rescuing a four-month-old baby girl in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, Monday, March 14. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroto Sekiguchi)

 

 

 

Upon hearing another tsunami warning, a father tries to flee for safety with his just reunited four-month-old baby girl who was spotted by Japan's Self-Defense Force member in the rubble of tsunami-torn Ishinomaki Monday, March 14, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroto Sekiguchi)

 

 

A woman looks at a message board to check for safety of evacuees in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Osamu Kanazawa)

 

 

 

Chinese people crowd at a check-in counter at Niigata airport in Niigata to get out of Japan Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in fear of further earthquakes as well as deteriorating nuclear power plant incident. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

 

Yoshie Murakami cries as she holds a hand of her dead mother in the rubble near the spot where her home used to be Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Murakami's 23-year-old daughter is still missing, Kyodo said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

 

 

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