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March 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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Nuclear meltdown adds triple threat to Japan

Posted by Kevin Fujii

NOBORU TOMURA / ASAHI SHIMBUN

A resident is rescued from debris in Natori, Miyagi, northern Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011, after Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake and 13-foot tsunami struck the northeast coast. The earthquake was the largest in Japan's recorded history.

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The town of Minamisanriku rests submerged in the tsunami's receding water on Saturday, March 12, 2011, after Friday's strong earthquake triggered a 30-foot tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.

JUNJI KUROKAWA / AP

A man takes a picture Saturday, March 12, 2011, of the tsunami's aftermath following Friday's massive earthquake in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan.

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A stranded person is rescued by a helicopter in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, on Saturday March 12, 2011.

KANAME YONEYAMA / THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN

Police officers wear gas masks near the Fukushima nuclear-power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The masks are worn as a precaution in the event of a meltdown after Friday's powerful earthquake and tsunami.

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A vehicle is buried in mud and debris after it was washed away by a tsunami in Sendai, Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011.

KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP / GETTY IMAGES

A house rests in the middle of a street as an elderly couple surveys earthquake and tsunami damage in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on Saturday. March 12, 2011. More than 1,000 people were feared dead and authorities warned a meltdown may occur at a nuclear plant after Friday's 30-foot tsunami and magnitude 8.9 earthquake.

YASUSHI KANNO / YOMIURI SHIMBUN

A woman embraces her grandchild as they are reunited at a shelter in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011, after Friday's magnitude 8.9 earthquake and 30-foot tsunami.

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