Monday, July 18, 2011

Japan - Three months after the quake...

Japan continues to deal with the enormous task of cleaning up and moving forward three months after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast. Local authorities are still dealing with the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and now the rainy season, which could increase the risk of disease as workers clear away the debris, is approaching. Collected here are images from this past weekend marking the three-month point, as well then-and-now images of the destruction shot by Kyodo News via the Associated Press.


Vehicles drive through the tsunami-hit area, three months and two days after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on June 13, 2011 in Natori, Miyagi, Japan. Japanese government has been struggling to deal in the aftermath of the disaster and the problems affecting the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Authorities are preparing for an increased risk of viral and infectious disease as delays in the clearing the debris combine with the arrival of Japan's humid, rainy season. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


Kaisei Kubota and his grandmother Yae pray for victims in an area devastated by a tsunami in Miyako, Iwate prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Saturday June 11. Kaisei's father, a voluntary firefighter manning a water gate of a coastal levee, was killed after being swept away by a tsunami on March 11. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)


A man walks through the debris as the Japanese national flag flies on June 12, 2011 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


Debris is scattered on June 12, 2011 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


A resident, evacuated from Namie town, right, undergoes a screening test for possible nuclear radiation after a brief visit to her home in the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station, in Minami Soma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Saturday, June 11, 2011. Minami Soma was among the worst-affected when a tsunami that followed a magnitude-9 earthquake knocked out power at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, sending three reactors into meltdown and causing radiation to leak ever since. About 80 percent of the city is within a 30-kilometer restriction zone around the plant, while 4,100 households lived in a full evacuation zone set up by the government within 20 kilometers of the plant. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)


A broken picture frame is left in the tsunami-hit Arahama area, three months and two days after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on June 13, 2011 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


People sit on the ground amongst the debris on June 11, 2011 in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


The remaining destroyed buildings stand in the tsunami-hit area on June 12, 2011 in Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan attends the Lower House special committee on reconstruction from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Tokyo June 14, 2011. Japan's cabinet approved a draft law to help Tokyo Electric Power pay billions of dollars in compensation to its radiation refugees, kicking off lawmaker wrangling that may take weeks to decide the fate of Asia's largest utility. However, Kan's track record in winning lawmaker approval for his post-quake policies suggest a bitter parliamentary battle will ensue. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)


Debris is scattered, three months and two days after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami on June 13, 2011 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


Anti-nuclear demonstrators shout slogans during a march in Tokyo, Saturday, June 11, 2011. The protesters held mass demonstrations against the use of nuclear power, as Japan marked the three-month anniversary of the powerful earthquake and tsunami that killed tens of thousands and triggered one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. (Koji Sasahara/Associated Press)


A local fisherman clear debris on June 11, 2011 in Minamisanriku, Miyagi, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)


Heavy machinery is used to clear the debris, three months and two days after the Magnitude 9.0 Earthquake And Tsunami on June 13, 2011 in Natori, Miyagi, Japan. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)