Picturesque town wiped out
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Video: Japanese army searching for bodies
(Video) Ynet reporter documents soldiers' search efforts in Rikuzentakata. Chances of finding survivors virtually non-existent

VIDEO - The devastating earthquake that hit Japan last week left the coastal town of Rikuzentakata with little chance of a quick recovery.


It is estimated that the giant wave that hit the town buried tens of thousands of residents. Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth correspondent in Japan Boaz Arad joined the Japanese army's search efforts. The chance of finding survivors is virtually non-existent.



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Boaz Arad documents search efforts


Before the Tsunami, the town was inhabited by some 27,000 people. Only a number of particularly large structures managed to survive the tsunami. The only sound that can be heard in Rikuzentakata these days is the sound of bulldozers clearing the rubble.


Rikuzentakata was once a small picturesque beach town surrounded by rice fields and pear orchards. Japanese soldiers are now wading through the rubble using sticks to locate bodies. After six days there is little chance of finding survivors.


On Wednesday, efforts to contain the radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear plant resumed. Fires were reported in two reactors on Tuesday night and smoke was seen towering above the compound.


Japanese state officials said that authorities are planning to use helicopters and fire trucks to spray water in a desperate attempt to prevent further leaks and cool down the reactors. There were conflicting reports Tuesday regarding whether the fire at the nuclear facility had been put out.



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