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Japan earthquake: Widespread impact

By: Catie Leary on March 11, 2011, 11:07 a.m.
Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi

Photo: Tokyo Electric Power Company/ZUMA Press

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Nuclear site

An aerial view of the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi. The Japanese government evacuated thousands of residents near the plant following the quake. The emergency cooling system at the plant was initially running on backup batteries, but that only lasted a few hours. An explosion at the plant occurred overnight.