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Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars balance amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars balance amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , A man cycles past upturned cars and tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Debris lie strewn across a large area of land after the recent tsunami, in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Local residents walk on roads covered with mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers look for the missing amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local residents carries belongings amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers search for bodies under an upturned house after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyage prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Local residents walk on roads covered with mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers look for the missing amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local residents carries belongings amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers search for bodies under an upturned house after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyage prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Victims in blue body bags are placed outside a devastated building as rescue workers continue in their mission, after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars balance amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , A man cycles past upturned cars and tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Local residents walk on roads covered with mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers look for the missing amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local residents carries belongings amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers search for bodies under an upturned house after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyage prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Victims in blue body bags are placed outside a devastated building as rescue workers continue in their mission, after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows a rescue helicopter (bottom L) flying over a devastated area in the town of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars balance amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , A man cycles past upturned cars and tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Debris lie strewn across a large area of land after the recent tsunami, in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Debris lie strewn across a large area of land after the recent tsunami, in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars balance amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , A man cycles past upturned cars and tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Debris lie strewn across a large area of land after the recent tsunami, in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Debris lie strewn across a large area of land after the recent tsunami, in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars and debris lie where they were washed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A resident walks past tsunami destroyed electrical pylons, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
A structures lies on the road after being destroyed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , A man salvagers useful items from a partially collapsed building close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars are piled up in front of the airport control tower, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Boats lie amongst debris after being washed inshore by the recent tsunami, in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , The interior of a restaurant iis strewn with debris after the recent tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez , Cars and debris lie amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars balance amongst tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , A man cycles past upturned cars and tsunami wrought devastation in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Debris lie strewn across a large area of land after the recent tsunami, in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Debris lie strewn across a large area of land after the recent tsunami, in Natori City, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Cars and debris lie where they were washed by the tsunami, close to the airport in Sendai on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Local residents walk on roads covered with mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Local residents walk on roads covered with mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers look for the missing amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Local residents walk on roads covered with mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers look for the missing amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local residents carries belongings amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Local residents walk on roads covered with mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers look for the missing amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local residents carries belongings amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , Rescue workers search for bodies under an upturned house after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyage prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , Victims in blue body bags are placed outside a devastated building as rescue workers continue in their mission, after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows a rescue helicopter (bottom L) flying over a devastated area in the town of Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO
Rescue crews work on a devastated building as they look for victims after the recent tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE , This aerial view taken on March 14, 2011 during an AFP-chartered flight shows overturned containers scattered around the port of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture three days after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated the coast of eastern Japan. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / NOBORU HASHIMOTO , Piles of debris left by the tsunami line a street in the Takekoma area near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Debris left by the tsunami litters an area in Takekoma near the town of Rikuzentakata, some five kms from the coast, in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit the region. Economists say it is still too early to assess the cost of the destruction from the record 8.9-magnitude quake and the 10-metre wall of water that laid waste to swathes of the northeastern coast and triggered an atomic emergency. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA , Japanese Self Defence soldiers prepare to carry out a dead body at Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011, while a wrecked JR train carriage lies amid debris. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000.AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This aerial shot shows a pleasure boat sitting on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi town in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the March 11 tsunami. A nuclear power plant damaged by An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN ALTERNATIVE CROP , People rush to higher ground as a new tsunami warning is announced in the city of Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , An elderly survivor is rescued by local residents in the devastated town of Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Japanese Self Defence Force soldiers carry the body of a victim as rescue operations continue in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , A woman calls out the names of her family in the city of Soma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 as rescue operations continue three days after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the region. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Vehicles sit on three-storey buildings on March 14, 2011 illustrating the devastating effects of the March 11 tsunami that hit the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14 in neighbouring Fukushima prefecture, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. JAPAN OUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AFP PHOTO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN , Police officers search for missing persons amongst the rubble created by the March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Police officers search for missing persons beside an airplane lodged in the debris in the city of Iwanuma in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , This photo taken on March 14, 2011 shows a man riding a bicycle and another walking through the field covered with debris washed in by the March 11 tsunami in the town of Onagawa in Miyagi prefecture. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a catastrophic meltdown in the wake of a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A greeting sign for the town of Onagawa sits amongst the tsunami debris in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 three days after the town was devastated by a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A man walks along a road lined with debris at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , a picture shows debris littering Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture at dawn on March 14, 2011 following the tsunami and earthquake of March 11. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant on March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , Damaged buildings line a flooded street in Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant March 14, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A sign board at Sendai station lies on the platform of a Shinkansen bullet train station at Sendai city in Miyagi prefecture on March 14, 2011. An explosion rocked an earthquake-hit nuclear plant Monday, as Japan struggled to avert a catastrophic reactor meltdown caused by a quake and tsunami feared to have killed more than 10,000. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA , A local resident looks for items from his mother's car amid mud and debris in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. A new explosion at a nuclear plant in nearby Fukushima prefecture hit punch-drunk Japan on March 14 as it raced to avert a reactor meltdown after a quake-tsunami disaster that is feared to have killed more than 10,000 people. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA

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