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Last Updated: Monday May 16 2011 11:55 GMT

Japan earthquake and tsunami clear-up continues

Rubble from buildings destroyed by Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

Japan's powerful earthquake and tsunami in March caused huge devastation - now after two months, there's still the big job of clearing up...

Heavy machinery moving debris in a tsunami-devastated town in Japan.

Lots of heavy machinery has been brought in to remove the rubble.

Japanese soldiers moving rubble and debris.

And Japanese soldiers are also involved in the massive clear-up operation.

Japanese soldiers moving rubble and debris.

But once it's cleared there's another problem - where to put it all.

Debris being burnt

One way to get rid of some of the debris is burning it - that's what the local authorities in this town are doing.

Man going through belonging in his house.

Over the last week people, who lived near to the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, have also been back to their homes for a short while.

Woman in Japan throwing old food out of the fridge.

It's the first time that they've been allowed back to check up on their homes and collect belongings. They also had to wear protective clothing.

Heavy machinery moving debris in a tsunami-devastated town in Japan.

Clearing up after the earthquake is a huge task and it's going to take a long time before it's all complete.