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battled through the weekend to prevent a nuclear catastrophe and to
care for the millions without power or water in its worst crisis since
World War Two, after a huge earthquake and tsunami that likely killed
more than 10,000 people.
Kyodo news agency said 2,000 bodies had
been found on Monday on the shores of Miyagi prefecture, which took the
brunt of the tsunami.
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A TV station also reported a new tsunami on Monday but the weather agency said it had not detected unusual wave movement.
badly wounded nation has seen whole villages and towns wiped off the
map by a wall of water, leaving in its wake an international
humanitarian effort of epic proportions.
As the country returned
to work on Monday, markets began estimating the huge economic cost, with
Japanese stocks plunging around 5 percent and the yen falling against
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the situation at the
crippled Fukushima nuclear plant remained worrisome and that the
authorities were doing their utmost to stop damage from spreading.
earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear incident have been the biggest
crisis Japan has encountered in the 65 years since the end of World War
Two," a grim-faced Kan had told a news conference on Sunday.
"We're under scrutiny on whether we, the Japanese people, can overcome this crisis."
world's third-biggest economy also faced rolling power blackouts to
conserve energy, and Tokyo commuters reported long delays as train
companies cut back services.
DEATH TOLL 'ABOVE 10,000'
NHK, quoting a police official, said more than 10,000 people may have
been killed as the wall of water triggered by Friday's 8.9-magnitude
quake surged across the coastline, reducing whole towns to rubble. It
was the biggest to have hit the quake-prone country since it started
keeping records 140 years ago.
"I would like to believe that
there still are survivors," said Masaru Kudo, a soldier dispatched to
Rikuzentakata, a nearly flattened town of 24,500 people in far-northern
Kyodo said 80,000 people had been evacuated
from a 20-km (12-mile) radius around the stricken nuclear plant, joining
more than 450,000 other evacuees from quake and tsunami-hit areas in
the northeast of the main island Honshu.
Almost 2 million
households were without power in the freezing north, the government
said. There were about 1.4 million without running water.
"I am looking for my parents and my older brother," Yuko Abe, 54, said in tears at an emergency center in Rikuzentakata.
the way the area is, I thought that perhaps they did not make it. I
also cannot tell my siblings that live away that I am safe, as mobile
phones and telephones are not working."