A two-year-old girl and her family pray for her missing grandmother and great-grandmother where they once lived in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. It is one month since Japan was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, and the official death toll stands at more than 13,000. Nearly 14,000 people are still missing.

These Japanese police in Ishinomaki joined the rest of the country on Monday in observing a minute of silence in memory of the disaster's victims. Shortly afterwards survivors' nerves were further jangled when another powerful quake hit the north-east of the country, triggering a brief tsunami warning. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries.

picGalCaption">Inside the exclusion zone around the quake-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, muddied toys lie in the foreground as police officers in protective suits continue the search for bodies in the city of Minamisoma.

Meanwhile, Japan said it would widen the evacuation zone around the crippled power station over the coming month because of radiation concerns. Here senior officials of the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, bow in front of media after talks with a government minister.

A Japanese man rides a bicycle along a flooded street in the port town of Kesennuma, Miyagi. The disaster has left more than 150,000 people homeless. Many continue to return to their homes in search of loved ones and belongings.

Buddhist monks pray in a tsunami-razed area of Natori, Miyagi.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13034813

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    A vending machine stands intact in the area devastated by the March 11 tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan. Source.

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    A uniform swings in the wind in the tsunami devastated area of Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Tsunami survivor Ran Sasaki collects her belongings in her destroyed house in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Sokan Obara, a Buddhist monk, prays for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Source.

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    Japan Air Self-Defense Force personnel erect white flags to mark the place where they suspect bodies are buried in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Members of a family look for their belongings near a ship that washed ashore in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture. Source. Read more: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2058378,00.html#ixzz1J8S98fby

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    Yamamoto, Miyagi. Source.

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    Cars still litter a rice paddy in Yamamoto, Miyagi. Source.

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    Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. Source.

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    Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. Source.

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    The tsunami waters tumbled this house off of its foundation, coming to rest upside down and broken in half 50 meters away. A makeshift path has been laid so that materials can be salvaged. Source.

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    Volunteers plan their next move. Source.

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    Chaos. Source.

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    Shoes are always removed to walk upon these traditional tatami flooring mats inside a home. Now the ruined mats are laid in the road to smooth the way for cars that pass. Source.

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    A road surrounded by debris. Source.

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    A woman tells her story to a volunteer. Source.

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    Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Cemetery in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    A boat stands still in the middle of the road in downtown Ishinomaki. Source.

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    Police officers in protective suits search for bodies at a destroyed area, about 18km from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power station. Source.

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    A vehicle is moved from the tsunami-devastated area of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. Source.

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    An evacuee plays with a dog at a shelter in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture. Three dozen households in this remote coastal town became the first to move into temporary homes. Source.

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    A woman pedals a bicycle through water in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    A resident stands at the location where her house use to be. Source.

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    A Buzz Lightyear toy figure stands on a piece of the wreckage of destroyed houses in Minamisanriku, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    A survivor checks salvaged memorial pictures and goods on display at a corner of the town hall in Yamada town, Iwate prefecture. Source.

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    A woman hangs out clothes to dry after she found them amongst tsunami debris, in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture. Source.

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    Men bring a destroyed washing machine to a temporary dumping ground. Source.

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    A house amid a field of debris. Source.

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    Pigs wander around at a devastated area in Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. Dairy animals and pets were left behind after their owners have evacuated from the evacuation zone within the 20 kilometer radius from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors. Source.

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    Kunio Shiga listens to a battery-powered radio in the living room of his home in Minami Soma inside the deserted evacuation zone established for the 20 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The 75-year-old man was stranded alone in his farmhouse ever since Japan’s monstrous tsunami struck nearly a month ago. Source.

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    A group of Japanese police officers wearing white suits to protect them from radiation carries a victim as another group carries another body in the background while searching for missing people in Minami Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. Source.

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    A cat sits on a sofa at a damaged store in front of Japan Railway Odaka station in Minami Soma. Pets were left behind after their owners have evacuated from the evacuation zone within the 20 kilometer radius from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors. Source.

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    A man rides a motorcycle through water in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Rolls of paper from the Nippon Paper Company. Source.

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    A boy that survived the tsunami plays in a toy car in front of a real car. Source.

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    Safes retrieved from houses destroyed by the tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    A tsunami survivor takes pictures of a concrete incline slope for cars from a breakwater left on a beach.Source.

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    An empty street runs through the deserted town of Minami Soma, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, inside the evacuation zone. Source.

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    A grounded fishing boat stands amongst tsunami damage in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Students, led by a teacher, right, walk past the rubble on the way home from Kirikiri Primary School in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Source.

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    Tsunami survivor Kazuo Ito, 69, sits and looks down on an area by the marina where most of the houses were washed clean away by the tsunami in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Elderly women walk amongst tsunami damage in the town of Yamada, Iwate prefecture. Source.

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    A boy plays with a ball on a street amongst tsunami damage in the town of Yamada, Iwate prefecture.Source.

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    A woman is screened for radiation contamination at a makeshift inspection center set by a local disaster countermeasures office in Tamura city, Fukushima prefecture. Source.

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    Tsunami survivor Miyoko Kimura poses as he daughter takes a picture of her next to the stone shrine of their family guardian deity as she visits her home town for the first time since the tsunami in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    An elderly woman is screened for radiation contamination. Source.

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    Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    A boy wears a face mask on his first day of school at the Shimizu Elementary School in Fukushima, Over 70 schools began their regular classes on Wednesday April 6 in the city of Fukushima. Source.

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    Anna Monma, 5, walks with her teddy bear, which she retrieved from her house. Source.

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    Ofunato, Iwate prefecture. Source.

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    Tsunami survivor Ito Hayashi celebrates her 100th birthday at a shelter at Yamamoto. Source.

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    Ofunato, Iwate prefecture. Source.

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    Ofunato, Iwate prefecture. Source.

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    Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Evacuees rest in their individual spaces at a temporary evacuation center in Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Onagawa, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    SDA and police leave valuable items found like photo albums out while they searched victims. Source.

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    A man stands in front of a burnt down elementary school. Source.

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    Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Dogs wander around a town of Minami Soma, inside the deserted evacuation zone. Source.

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    A single house remains standing. Source.

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    A replica of the Statue of Liberty stands in an area destroyed by the tsunami. Source.

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    A man watches an area destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Source.

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    Debris floating in the Pacific Ocean. There is an area over 70 miles long of debris currently off the coast of Japan. In 3 years, the debris will reach the US. Source.

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    A family walks past debris and a boat swept ashore by a tsunami in northern Japan. Source.

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    Tsunami survivor Kenichi Kurosawa and his friendsdraw the words ‘Ganbaro!’ or ‘hang in there’ on a new billboard lit up with car headlights in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Fisherman Yoshie Yatsuda walks on the frame of the floor as he cleans his home. Source.

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    Women walk past a mountain of rubble as Japan Ground Self-Defense Force personnel work in the background in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture. Source.

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    Tsunami survivor Takiko Okumi, 88, prays at the tsunami-devastated port area of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    A copy of the painting of Mona Lisa hangs on a wall of a art class where tsunami evacuees choose free donated used clothing at a local middle high school. Source.

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    An abandoned dog is seen next to a police checkpoint. Source.

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    Akitaka Sato who evacuated from the coastal town of Minami Soma in Fukushima with his family, sits on a bed after arriving at the former Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka in Tokyo. The former luxury hotel which closed last month, turned into an evacuation center. Source.

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    Tsunami survivor Mayu Matsukawa looks through a discovered photo album from her belongings at her destroyed home in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi prefecture. Source.

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    Kaichiro Saito, Chief Executive Officer of Kakuboshi Co, a sake maker since 1902, walks in front of the ruins of his store. Source.

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    Kaichiro Saito shows a picture of his store before the tsunami. Source.

source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/85-pictures-of-japan-one-month-after-the-earthquak