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The best images from the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami

Globe photo editors pick the most powerful images of the Japan earthquake

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A Japanese survivor of the earthquake and tsunami rides his bicycle through the leveled city of Minamisanriku, in northeastern Japan March 15, 2011.

David Guttenfelder/AP/David Guttenfelder/AP

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Chieko Chiba walks through the rubble after going to see her destroyed home March 16, 2011 in Kesennuma, Miyagi province, Japan.

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A general night view taken with a longer exposure, shows destroyed houses and debris in the tsunami-damaged city of Rikuzentakata, in Iwate prefecture on March 22, 2011.

Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images/Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

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Policemen carry the bodies of victims retrieved from the debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, March 16, 2011.

Adrees Latif/REUTERS/Adrees Latif/REUTERS

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A man walks with his dog at a destroyed residential area of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, March 22, 2011, nearly two weeks after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.

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A woman cries while sitting on a road amid the destroyed city of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan March 13, 2011, following a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Asahi Shimbun/REUTERS/Asahi Shimbun/REUTERS

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A ship washed away by a tsunami sits amid debris in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture after Japan's biggest recorded earthquake hit its eastern coast March 13, 2011.

Itsuo Inouye/AP/Itsuo Inouye/AP

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Residents take an out door bath amongst tsunami devastation in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture on April 14, 2011.

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A woman wrapped up in a blanket stands in the middle of rubble, looking at the city submerged under water in Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture (state),March 13, 2011, two days after the catastrophic earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the northeastern Japan.

Tadashi Okubo/AP/Tadashi Okubo/AP

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A boat sits atop a building in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami which devastated a vast area of northeastern Pacific coast of Japan, March 22, 2011.

Hiroto Nomoto/AP/Hiroto Nomoto/AP

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Houses are inundated by seawater following an earthquake and tsunami in Natori March 11, 2011.


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A tsunami floods over the breakwater protecting the coastal city of Miyako at Heigawa estuary area after northeastern Japan was hit by a powerful earthquake March 11, 2011.

Mainichi Shimbun/AP/Mainichi Shimbun/AP

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A volunteer cleans family photos that were swept away by the March 11 tsunami, at a volunteer centre in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 12, 2011.

Toru Hanai /REUTERS/Toru Hanai /REUTERS

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