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This view shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant (Credit: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

This view shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. (March 14, 2011)

Crippled nuclear reactors in Japan

Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, before and after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunamis.

In this image released by Tokyo Electric Power
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In this image released by Tokyo Electric Power Co., smoke billows on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, from Unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Japan ordered emergency workers to withdraw from its stricken nuclear complex Wednesday amid a surge in radiation, temporarily suspending efforts to cool the overheating reactors. Hours later, officials said they were preparing to send the team back in.

This satellite photo taken March 16, 2011, and
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This satellite photo taken March 16, 2011, and provided by DigitalGlobe shows the damage after an earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex. This satellite image confirms damage to the units 1, 3 and 4 reactor buildings. Steam can be seen venting from the Unit 2 reactor building, as well as from the Unit 3 reactor building.

A boy has his radiation levels checked in
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A boy has his radiation levels checked in the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (March 13, 2011)

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This image made available from Tokyo Electric Power
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This image made available from Tokyo Electric Power Co, via Kyodo News, shows the damaged No. 4 unit of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in Okumamachi, northeastern Japan. (March 15, 2011)

In this photo released by Tokyo Power Electric
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In this photo released by Tokyo Power Electric Co., the Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 is seen after an explosion in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. The explosion at the nuclear power station Saturday destroyed the building housing the reactor amid fears that it was close to a disastrous meltdown after being hit by Friday's powerful earthquake and tsunami.

Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 is seen
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Fukushima Daiichi power plant's Unit 1 is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, Friday, March 11, 2011.

These GeoEye satellite image captured March 14, 2011
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These GeoEye satellite image captured March 14, 2011 shows a view of the Fukushima Dai Ichi nuclear plant.

Evacuees crowd a makeshift shelter in Fukushima, northern
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Evacuees crowd a makeshift shelter in Fukushima, northern Japan, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit the country's east coast. Thousands of people have been evacuated from a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius from the Dai-ichi complex. (March 15, 2011)

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Evacuees are screened for radiation contamination at a
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Evacuees are screened for radiation contamination at a testing center in Koriyama city, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan. (March 15, 2011)

An evacuee is screened for radiation exposure at
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An evacuee is screened for radiation exposure at a testing center in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, after a nuclear power plant on the coast of the prefecture was damaged by Friday's earthquake. (March 15, 2011)

This view shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant
(Credit: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

This view shows the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. (March 14, 2011)

A file photo of a MOX fuel storage
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A file photo of a MOX fuel storage pool inside the Tokyo Electric Power CO's (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 plant third reactor building at Okuma town, Futaba district in Fukushima prefecture with the reactor situated behind the pool. (Aug. 21, 2010)

A file photo of members of the Fukushima
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A file photo of members of the Fukushima prefectural assembly observing an operation of the MOX fuel storage pool inside the Tokyo Electric Power CO's (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 plant third reactor building in the town of Okuma, Futaba district, in Fukushima prefecture. (Aug. 21, 2010)

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A file photo of a MOX fuel storage
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A file photo of a MOX fuel storage pool inside the Tokyo Electric Power CO's (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 plant third reactor building at Okuma town, Futaba district in Fukushima prefecture with the reactor situated behind the pool. (Aug. 21, 2010)

Unit 1 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear
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Unit 1 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, left, with its top part of walls blown off after Saturday's explosion. (March 13, 2011)

In this photo taken Sunday, March 13, 2011,
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In this photo taken Sunday, March 13, 2011, the damaged Unit 1, left, and Unit 2, right, of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant are seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture.

Futaba Kosei Hospital patients who might have been
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Futaba Kosei Hospital patients who might have been exposed to radiation are carried into the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu in Fukushima Prefecture. (March 13, 2011)

A screen grab taken from live news footage
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A screen grab taken from live news footage by Japanese public broadcaster NHK shows a collasped building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station No. 3 reactor after a hydrogen explosion. (March 14, 2011)

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