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Japan earthquake: Widespread impact

By: Catie Leary on March 11, 2011, 11:07 a.m.
A fissure opens up along a road behind a nuclear plant in Japan

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Split Earth

A fissure splits a road behind the Fukushima nuclear plant, about 220 kilometers north of Toyko, on the day after a magnitude-8.9 earthquake struck the island nation. Residents were evacuated following the quake, but a subsequent explosion at the nuclear facility has raised fears of a possible reactor meltdown.  

Friday's quake was the biggest earthquake to hit Japan in three centuries. Death toll estimates from the area have varied, with the most common being a loss of at least 1,300 lives.