tors, rescue team members carry the body of a man through splintered remains of the village of Saito on Monday.The town is just one of many nearly erased from Japan’s northeastern coast, where water, electricity, and telecommunications are largely unavailable.As of Monday an estimated 350,000 people are reportedly homeless in the wake of Friday’s magnitude 9 earthquake—Japan’s biggest on record. According to the police chief of hard-hit Miyagi Prefecture, at least 10,000 are dead, the Washington Post reported.
A mother tries to talk to her daughter, who has been isolated due to signs of radiation at a makeshift facility in Nihonmatsu, Japan, on March 14. The daughter is among people evacuated from the vicinity of Fukushima’s damaged nuclear plants.
A tsunami wave crashes over a street in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture, in northeastern Japan on March 11.
In 1 of 20 unforgettable pictures of Japan’s tsunami aftermath chosen by National Geographic photo editors, rescue team members carry the body of a man through splintered remains of the village of Saito on Monday.
Tsunami survivors embrace to celebrate being alive in the destroyed city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11.
A tsunami-tossed boat rests on top of a building amid a sea of debris in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 14.
On March 13 rescue workers approach Hiromitsu Shinkawa, a 60-year-old man from Japan’s Minamisoma City who washed out to sea during the recent tsunami and spent days clinging to a piece of roofing.
A lone vehicle passes a train overpass mangled by the recent earthquake in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, on March 12.
A rescue worker surveys the devastation on March 14 in the Japanese village of Saito, which was leveled by the earthquake-triggered tsunami.
Japanese troops search for earthquake survivors in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 13.
A survivor of the recent Japan earthquake reads a list of other survivors in a shelter in Iwate Prefecture on March 13.
Rescue workers search for Japan earthquake victims amid shattered houses in Tamura, Iwate Prefecture, on March 14.
The hand of a man killed by the Japan earthquake juts out of jumbled concrete sea barriers on March 14 in Toyoma, Japan.
Flames and smoke billow from a petroleum-refining plant damaged by the Japan earthquake in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 13.
An emergency worker throws disinfectant powder on the ground around earthquake-damaged buildings in Iwate Prefecture, Japan, on March 14.
A woman mourns the devastation of Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, in northern Japan on March 13.
People search through debris at the Sendai airport on March 14, days after an earthquake-triggered tsunami left the Japanese city in ruins.
A boy walks past vehicles damaged by the Japan earthquake and tsunami in Tagajo, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 13.
Swaddled in blankets, evacuated tsunami survivors try to keep warm in a Japanese Red Cross hospital on March 13.
A survivor walks his bicycle through the remains of the devastated Japanese town of Otsuchi on March 14.
Coated with mud, a photo album lies amid debris in the earthquake-ravaged town of Natori, Japan, on March 14.