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Tsunami- Truly A Nightmare To The Japanese

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MARCH 11, 2011 A magnitude 9.0 earthquake strikes off the coast of Honshu, Japan's most populous island. The earthquake churns up a 10 meter (33 feet)-high tsunami that sweeps away towns and farmland in its path, devastates cities in the north and threatens coastal areas throughout the Pacific. Japan is also facing a nuclear crisis: The quake damaged a nuclear power plant on the coast 240 km (150 miles) north-east of Tokyo. Radiation levels are rising after four explosions at the plant and at least three reactors are in danger of total meltdown. The coast was hit by more than 150 aftershocks in the three days after the quake, including a 6.2 magnitude quake on March 14, hampering relief efforts. Prime Minister Naoto Kan has described this as Japan's worst crisis since World War II. * DEATH TOLL: The official death toll on April 8 was 12,690. More than 14,700 are still unaccounted for. In the small port town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi prefecture, some 10,000 people are missing, more than half its 17,500 population. On March 14, 1,000 bodies washed up on shores on Ojika peninsula and another 1,000 were spotted in Minamisanriku. * EVACUATED: About 500,000 people were evacuated up to March 15, including 70,000 within a 20 km (12 mile) radius of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. One week after the disaster, some 400,000 people - many elderly - were still homeless and living in shelters in near-freezing temperatures.