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Last Updated: Tuesday March 15 2011 15:16 GMT

JAPAN QUAKE: The disaster in numbers

Japan earthquake damage

The earthquake in March 2011 was the most serious disaster in Japan's history. At least 3,000 people died, and more than 15,000 people are still missing.

Evacuees sheltering in a public building in Japan

Around 500,000 people have been evacuated, and are sleeping in temporary shelters. The north-eastern areas of Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima are worst affected.

Rescue workers search for survivors in Japan

Many towns were completely flattened by the quake and tsunami. In total more than 76,000 buildings have been damaged and at least 6,300 were completely destroyed.

U.S rescue teams in Japan

An enormous rescue effort has been launched. So far 102 countries have sent help to Japan, including food, medicine and search dogs.

Shoppers in Tokyo

Even miles from the epicentre, normal life has been disrupted. Food and fuel supplies are running low as far away as Tokyo.

Blackouts in Japan

Electricity has been switched off in some areas to save power. A quarter of Japan's electricity comes from nuclear power and the quake has closed 11 nuclear reactors.

women in blankets

One of the big problems is that is is freezing cold, and there is limited electricity, in some of the worst affected areas.

Earthquake damage in Otsuchi

Charities think it could take years for everything to get back to normal. Buildings have been flattened and roads reduced to rubble.