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Devastation in Japan

Thousands of images have come over the wires of the crisis in Japan, but it can be hard to understand the scale of the damage, or to visualize what buildings, life or infrastructure were there before the waves washed them away. Some images today that told that story well:

This combo of photos taken on March 11, 2011 shows the coast at Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture before (top), during (middle), and after (bottom) a tsunami. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)



A general view of the tsunami damage in Kessennuma, Miyagi prefecture on March 20, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas Asfouri)


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