Tsunami Photos on Townhall

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              In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, standing by a signboard reading: "Rikuzentakata City Hall," a worker holds flags to control traffic under cold weather in a street near a new road c

    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, standing by a signboard reading: "Rikuzentakata City Hall," a worker holds flags to control traffic under cold weather in a street near a new road c

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:38 AM EST
    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, standing by a signboard reading: "Rikuzentakata City Hall," a worker holds flags to control traffic under cold weather in a street near a new road construction site in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan next week, will observe two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, workers repair a main road damaged by the March 11, 2011 earthquake near a newly installed domed lettuce green house in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefect

    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, workers repair a main road damaged by the March 11, 2011 earthquake near a newly installed domed lettuce green house in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefect

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:38 AM EST
    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, workers repair a main road damaged by the March 11, 2011 earthquake near a newly installed domed lettuce green house in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan next week, will observe two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, loading shovels sort out concrete and steel debris left after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at a scrapheap in Rikuzentakata, Iwate pref

    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, loading shovels sort out concrete and steel debris left after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at a scrapheap in Rikuzentakata, Iwate pref

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, loading shovels sort out concrete and steel debris left after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at a scrapheap in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, a temple gate stands in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebu

    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, a temple gate stands in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebu

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 photo, a temple gate stands in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a make-shift convenience store stands in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's pr

    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a make-shift convenience store stands in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's pr

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a make-shift convenience store stands in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 photo, foundations of houses are seen in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progres

    In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 photo, foundations of houses are seen in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progres

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 photo, foundations of houses are seen in an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earth quake and tsunami is seen from a higher place in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in

    In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earth quake and tsunami is seen from a higher place in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earth quake and tsunami is seen from a higher place in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a deserted train station is covered by snow in an area devastated by the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japa

    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a deserted train station is covered by snow in an area devastated by the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japa

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a deserted train station is covered by snow in an area devastated by the March 11 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a new fishing boat is anchored at a port behind a net to keep off trespassing as the damaged pier is under reconstruction after the March 11, 2011 t

    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a new fishing boat is anchored at a port behind a net to keep off trespassing as the damaged pier is under reconstruction after the March 11, 2011 t

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a new fishing boat is anchored at a port behind a net to keep off trespassing as the damaged pier is under reconstruction after the March 11, 2011 tsunami, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Preecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, portrait of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami survivors are put on the wall in Kesennuma, Muyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuildin

    In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, portrait of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami survivors are put on the wall in Kesennuma, Muyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuildin

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, portrait of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami survivors are put on the wall in Kesennuma, Muyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan next week, will observe two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              This Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo shows an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami

    This Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo shows an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    This Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo shows an area devastated by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, a woman offers a prayer in front of a make-shift alter for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefectur

    In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, a woman offers a prayer in front of a make-shift alter for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefectur

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 photo, a woman offers a prayer in front of a make-shift alter for the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan next week, will observe two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a man inspects a fishing boat which was washed ashore during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Japan

    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a man inspects a fishing boat which was washed ashore during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Japan

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a man inspects a fishing boat which was washed ashore during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country.(AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a fishing boat washed ashore during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami sits in the devastated area in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's p

    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a fishing boat washed ashore during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami sits in the devastated area in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's p

    Posted: 3/5/2013 1:23:37 AM EST
    In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 photo, a fishing boat washed ashore during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami sits in the devastated area in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Japan's progress in rebuilding from the tsunami that thundered over coastal sea walls, sweeping entire communities away, is mainly measured in barren foundations and empty spaces. Clearing of forests on higher ground due to be leveled to make space for relocating survivors has barely begun. Japan will next week observes two years from the March 11, 2011 disasters which devastated in the northeastern Pacific coast of the country. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)
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              In this March 15, 2011 photo taken and provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), smoke billows from Unit 3 reactor building after an explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power pl

    In this March 15, 2011 photo taken and provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), smoke billows from Unit 3 reactor building after an explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power pl

    Posted: 2/27/2013 1:53:33 AM EST
    In this March 15, 2011 photo taken and provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), smoke billows from Unit 3 reactor building after an explosion at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, following the March 11 tsunami and earthquake. The March 2011 catastrophe in Japan has set off a flurry of independent films telling the stories of regular people who became overnight victims, stories the creators feel are being ignored by mainstream media and often silenced by the authorities. Nearly two years after the quake and tsunami disaster, the films are an attempt by the creative minds of Japan’s movie industry not only to confront the horrors of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, but also as a legacy and to empower the victims by telling their story for international audiences. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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              In this image made from promotional footage for the film "Nuclear Nation" released by the 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films, Futaba mayor Katsutaka Idogawa, sixth from left in whi

    In this image made from promotional footage for the film "Nuclear Nation" released by the 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films, Futaba mayor Katsutaka Idogawa, sixth from left in whi

    Posted: 2/27/2013 1:53:33 AM EST
    In this image made from promotional footage for the film "Nuclear Nation" released by the 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films, Futaba mayor Katsutaka Idogawa, sixth from left in white jacket, poses with evacuees from Futaba town in front of their shelter, the abandoned Kisai high school, in Kazo, Saitama prefecture, near Tokyo, on March 11, 2012, a year after the tsunami and earthquake hit northern Japan. The film "Nuclear Nation," directed by Atsushi Funahashi, documented a story of the residents of Futaba, the town where the tsunami crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is located. The March 2011 catastrophe in Japan has set off a flurry of independent films telling the stories of regular people who became overnight victims, stories the creators feel are being ignored by mainstream media and often silenced by the authorities. Nearly two years after the quake and tsunami disaster, the films are an attempt by the creative minds of Japan’s movie industry not only to confront the horrors of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, but also as a legacy and to empower the victims by telling their story for international audiences. (AP Photo/2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films) CREDIT MANDATORY, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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              In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2012, Atsushi Funahashi, director of the film "Nuclear Nation," speaks during an interview in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. His film documented a story of

    In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2012, Atsushi Funahashi, director of the film "Nuclear Nation," speaks during an interview in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. His film documented a story of

    Posted: 2/27/2013 1:53:33 AM EST
    In this photo taken Sept. 11, 2012, Atsushi Funahashi, director of the film "Nuclear Nation," speaks during an interview in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. His film documented a story of the residents of Futaba, Fukushima prefecture, the town where the tsunami crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is located. The March 2011 catastrophe in Japan has set off a flurry of independent films telling the stories of regular people who became overnight victims, stories the creators feel are being ignored by mainstream media and often silenced by the authorities. Nearly two years after the quake and tsunami disaster, the films are an attempt by the creative minds of Japan’s movie industry not only to confront the horrors of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, but also as a legacy and to empower the victims by telling their story for international audiences. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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              FILE - This April 17, 2011 file photo shows damage on a street in Futaba, the town where the tsunami crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is located, in Fukushima Prefecture,

    FILE - This April 17, 2011 file photo shows damage on a street in Futaba, the town where the tsunami crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is located, in Fukushima Prefecture,

    Posted: 2/27/2013 1:53:33 AM EST
    FILE - This April 17, 2011 file photo shows damage on a street in Futaba, the town where the tsunami crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is located, in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. After the March 2011 disaster, of all Fukushima communities forced to evacuate, Futaba chose the farthest spot from the nuclear plant - an abandoned high school in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. Atsushi Funahashi, director of “Nuclear Nation,” documented a story of the residents of Futaba in the film. The catastrophe in Japan has set off a flurry of independent films telling the stories of regular people who became overnight victims, stories the creators feel are being ignored by mainstream media and often silenced by the authorities. Nearly two years after the quake and tsunami disaster, the films are an attempt by the creative minds of Japan’s movie industry not only to confront the horrors of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, but also as a legacy and to empower the victims by telling their story for international audiences. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
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              FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Japanese police wearing protective radiation suits search for the bodies of victims of the tsunami in the Odaka area of Minami Soma, inside the

    FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Japanese police wearing protective radiation suits search for the bodies of victims of the tsunami in the Odaka area of Minami Soma, inside the

    Posted: 2/27/2013 1:53:33 AM EST
    FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, Japanese police wearing protective radiation suits search for the bodies of victims of the tsunami in the Odaka area of Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20-kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plants. Japanese film director Yojyu Matsubayashi took a more standard documentary approach for his “Fukushima: Memories of the Lost Landscape,” interviewing people who were displaced in the Fukushima town of Minami Soma. He followed them into temporary shelters in cluttered gymnasiums and accompanied their harried visits to abandoned homes with the gentle patience of a video-journalist. The March 2011 catastrophe in Japan has set off a flurry of independent films telling the stories of regular people who became overnight victims, stories the creators feel are being ignored by mainstream media and often silenced by the authorities. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)
  •  - Daniel Berehulak of Australia has won the third prize in the General News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Japan after the wave"

    Daniel Berehulak of Australia has won the third prize in the General News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Japan after the wave"

    Posted: 2/15/2013 5:15:09 AM EST
    Daniel Berehulak of Australia, a photographer working for Getty Images, has won the third prize in the General News Stories category of the World Press Photo Contest 2013 with the series "Japan after the wave". The picture shows pine trees uprooted during the tsunami laying strewn over the beach in Rikuzentakata, taken on March 7, 2012 and distributed by the World Press Photo Foundation February 15, 2013. REUTERS/Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images/World Press Photo/Handout