Pictures Show Japan's Recovery in Just Three Months

Just three months ago Japan was plunged into chaos after a cataclysmic earthquake sent a tsunami crashing through towns and cities up and down the coast. The unforgiving tide of water demolished thousands of buildings, and destroyed anything in its path. Thousands of people died and hundreds of bodies have never been recovered.

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A Shinto shrine gate and surroundings in the town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture three days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the same spot on June 3.

 

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A parking lot of a shopping centre filled with houses and debris in Otsuchi town, Iwate prefecture two days after the earthquake hit and the same area picture on June 3

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Local residents walking through debris on a street in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, to get water 48 hours after the disaster, top, and the same area on June 3 where a large tank and a damaged house on the left side of the street have been cleared away.

 

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A ship swept away by the raging torrents lies among other debris on March 12, left, while a man on a bicycle pedals past a pedestrian on the same road June 4, 2011 in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, north-eastern Japan.

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