Asia – A week in Pictures March 20, 2011

March 20, 2011

Japan – after four days of editing pictures from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan I took an hour break to buy some food and get some money in a small shopping centre near the office. As I walked through the busy street, the thought that stuck me was that everything around me is so temporary. The people along the coast of the Miyagi Prefecture were probably going about their daily business, just like I was, when the wall of water swept through their towns wiping their very existence off the face of the earth. Reports of a nuclear cloud heading towards Tokyo where 13 million people live, added to my sense of fear. In my mind,  the world had changed forever. I cannot begin to imagine what the people in Miyagi, the rescue workers and the photographers taking the picture are feeling. From our team of photographers covering the story, I have chosen three pictures from each photographer, not an easy task when there are so many great images. Respect to all the teams covering the story and my condolences to the people of Japan. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

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A survivor pushes his bicycle through remains of devastated town of Otsuchi March 14, 2011. In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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A vehicle is half submerged at a crossroad after an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011. Japan confronted devastation along its northeastern coast on Saturday, with fires raging and parts of some cities under water after a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed at least 1,000 people. Japan scaled back its tsunami warning for much of the country on Saturday, nearly 24 hours after a massive earthquake struck and set off a succession of tsunami, NHK television said. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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Traffic is in chaos as people are forced to walk home between grid locked vehicles in central Tokyo after an earthquake  March 11, 2011. The biggest earthquake to hit
Japan on record struck the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-metre tsunami that swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships, cars and farm buildings on fire.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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Residents walk past debris in an area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Aly Song

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Family photo albums are seen in ruins of the devastated residential area of tsunami hit Otsuchi March 15, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday’s massive earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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A foreign currency dealer wears a helmet to protect himself from possible falling debris in Tokyo as he watches television news of an explosion at a nuclear plant, March 14, 2011.  The Bank of Japan on Monday injected a hefty 7 trillion yen ($85 billion) into the money market in a same-day market operation aimed at soothing market jitters after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan.   REUTERS/Issei Kato

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People shop for food from almost empty shelves at a big-box supermarket in Tokyo March 16, 2011. Public trust in the Japanese government faces its biggest test since World War Two over the handling of the nation’s nuclear crisis, raising concerns that a breakdown in confidence could fuel panic and chaos if appeals for calm go unheeded. Foreigners are leaving Tokyo, or shutting themselves indoors, and supermarket shelves are running empty despite authorities assuring citizens there is no need to panic from the crisis unfolding at a quake-stricken nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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A house lies damaged in a river going through Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Survivors react after collecting their belongings at their destroyed house in a village hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Otsuchi, northeast Japan March 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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A man stands amidst the destruction in Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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Official in protective gear talks to a woman who is from the evacuation area  near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama March 13, 2011. Japan battled to contain a radiation leak at an earthquake-crippled nuclear plant on Sunday, but faced a fresh threat with the failure of the cooling system in a second reactor. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A mother tries to talk to her daughter who has been isolated for signs of radiation after evacuating from the vicinity of Fukushima’s nuclear plants, at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011, after a massive earthquake and tsunami that are feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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People queue to be screened by a technician in protective gear for signs of possible radiation in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, March 14, 2011, after a massive earthquake and tsunami that are feared to have killed more than 10,000 people.  REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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Soldiers and a rescue worker carry the body of a resident through Kesennuma City on March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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People try to salvage belongings from the rubble after a tsunami and earthquake in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan March 13, 2011.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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A Sony playstation controller is seen at an area that was devastated by last week’s earthquake and tsunami, in Kesennuma, north Japan, March 19, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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The foot prints of rescue workers are seen in the mud as they search for victims in the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 14, 2011.   REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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Bulut Ayhan (R), from Turkey, chats with his Japanese wife Mika Sasaki using a mobile phone at a window separating the check-in and embarkation zones at Narita international airport, east of Tokyo March 18, 2011. Sasaki said Ayhan was leaving Japan to avoid radiation exposure while she has decided to stay in the country for her family. Reuters has subsequently learnt that Ayhan was taking his mother back to Turkey and plans to return to Japan in a week’s time.  REUTERS/Issei Kato

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A red umbrella is seen among the ruins as survivors walk past in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 16, 2011.   REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Heavy snow falls on rubble and rescue workers at a devastated factory area hit by an earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, northern Japan March 16, 2011.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A man salvages possessions from the rubble in Rikuzentakata, northern Japan after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck the area, March 13, 2011. Broadcaster NHK, quoting a police official, said more than 10,000 people may have been killed as the wall of water triggered by Friday’s quake surged across the coastline, reducing whole towns to rubble.     REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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Evacuees warm themselves by the fire as they prepare dinner at a Buddhist temple in Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 16, 2011. About 30 survivors gathered in the makeshift shelter converted from a temple and lived together after their homes were destroyed by the disaster. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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A man checks lists of evacuees at an evacuation center near a devastated area hit by massive earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan a week earlier, in Rikuzentakata, north Japan, March 18, 2011.      REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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People who evacuated from Futaba, a city near the quake-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, rest in a space cordoned off with cardboard in a hallway at the evacuees’ new shelter Saitama Super Arena, near Tokyo March 20, 2011, nine days after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. About 2,300 people mainly from Futaba area arrived in Saitama, about 250 km (155 miles) away from their hometown, to evacuate after radiation leakage warnings.   REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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A doctor talks to evacuees from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear plant, at an evacuation center set in a gymnasium in Yamagata, northern Japan, March 19, 2011, eight days after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.   REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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A man tries to repair the graves of his family members among the ruins of the destroyed residential part of Kamaishi, more than a week after the town was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, March 20, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

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Emergency workers walk past survivors sitting near debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, where the earthquake and tsunami hit last week, March 18, 2011.    REUTERS/Aly Song

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A survivor walks through debris in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, where the earthquake and tsunami hit last week, March 18, 2011.    REUTERS/Aly Song

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Kudos to the team who have been working hard and my prayers to the people affected by this disaster…~

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