Mar 172011
 

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Exposed: this shot shows a gaping hole in the building of reactor number four. The green crane, circled, is normally used to move spent fuel rods into a 45ft deep storage pond, just out of shot. But the pool has now boiled dry and the spent rods are heating up and releasing radiation




Boiled dry: This shot shows of the inside of reactor number four at the Fukushima nuclear plant before the disaster. The spent fuel storage pool is seen at the front of the shot. The rods are at the bottom of the pool, which has now boiled dry






Staging point: Fire engines gather in Iwaki today as they prepare to douse overheating reactors and spent fuel at the plant




Fleeing: Passengers queue at the ticket counter to buy tickets for the earliest possible flight as they attempt to evacuate from Japan at Narita International Airport near Tokyo





Fearful residents: Officials scan people for radiation, 60 km west of the nuclear power plant in Koriyama on March 18




DEVASTATION





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Picture gallery compiled by Amanda Tan


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