KURIHARA, JAPAN - MARCH 24: Family members grieve over the coffins of Tsune Oyama and Masaichi Oyama during a cremation, they were both killed by the tsunami, on March 24, 2011 in Kurihara, Japan. ... more 
KURIHARA, JAPAN - MARCH 24: Family members grieve over the coffins of Tsune Oyama and Masaichi Oyama during a cremation, they were both killed by the tsunami, on March 24, 2011 in Kurihara, Japan. The family lost three family members from the earthquake and tsunami. Under Japanese Buddhist practice a cremation is the expected traditional way of dealing with the dead but now with the death toll so high crematoriums are overwhelmed and there is a shortage of fuel to burn them. Local municipalities are forced to dig mass graves as a temporary solution. Almost two weeks after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan the death toll has risen to well over 9,200 dead with still thousands missing and the expectation is that it will end up well over 20,000. Presently the country is still struggling to repair a damaged nuclear power plant that has caused evacuations and now tainted water supply in the Tokyo area causing panic buying of bottled water. (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images) less 
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