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Reactor crisis day-by-day

<p>A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A helicopter flies past Japan's Fukushima Daiichi No.1 Nuclear reactor March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>The damaged roof of the No. 1 reactor (L) is seen next to the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 13, 2011.  REUTERSKyodo </p>

The damaged roof of the No. 1 reactor (L) is seen next to the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 13, 2011. ...more

The damaged roof of the No. 1 reactor (L) is seen next to the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an explosion that blew off the upper part of the structure in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 13, 2011. REUTERSKyodo

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<p>A combination of handout satellite images show the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on November 21, 2004 (L) and on March 14, 2011 (R) as the No.3 nuclear reactor is burning after a blast following an earthquake and tsunami.   REUTERS/Digital Globe/Handout  </p>

A combination of handout satellite images show the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on November 21, 2004 (L) and on March 14, 2011 (R) as the No.3 nuclear reactor is burning after a blast following an earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Digital...more

A combination of handout satellite images show the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on November 21, 2004 (L) and on March 14, 2011 (R) as the No.3 nuclear reactor is burning after a blast following an earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Digital Globe/Handout

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<p>The No.3 nuclear reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning after a blast following an earthquake and tsunami in this handout satellite image taken March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Digital Globe/Handout  </p>

The No.3 nuclear reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning after a blast following an earthquake and tsunami in this handout satellite image taken March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Digital Globe/Handout

The No.3 nuclear reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is seen burning after a blast following an earthquake and tsunami in this handout satellite image taken March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Digital Globe/Handout

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<p>Damage after an earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, is seen in this satellite image taken 9:35 am local time (0035 GMT) on March 16, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout  </p>

Damage after an earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, is seen in this satellite image taken 9:35 am local time (0035 GMT) on March 16, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

Damage after an earthquake and tsunami at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, is seen in this satellite image taken 9:35 am local time (0035 GMT) on March 16, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

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<p>An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>This satellite image of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan, taken by DigitalGlobe on March 16, 2011 and released on March 17, shows damage to the Units 1, 3, and 4 reactor buildings.  REUTERS/Digital Globe/ Handout</p>

This satellite image of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan, taken by DigitalGlobe on March 16, 2011 and released on March 17, shows damage to the Units 1, 3, and 4 reactor buildings. REUTERS/Digital Globe/ Handout

This satellite image of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan, taken by DigitalGlobe on March 16, 2011 and released on March 17, shows damage to the Units 1, 3, and 4 reactor buildings. REUTERS/Digital Globe/ Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows steam rising from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows steam rising from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows steam rising from the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage to the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor (C) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011.  REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor (C) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 3 reactor (C) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 4 reactor (C) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout </p>

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 4 reactor (C) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo...more

An aerial view taken from a helicopter from Japan's Self-Defence Force shows damage sustained to the No. 4 reactor (C) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in this handout taken March 16, 2011 and released March 17, 2011. REUTERS/Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)/Handout

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<p>An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 18, 2011. Reactors 1 to 4 are seen from L to R in this picture taken from more than 40km (25 miles) away. REUTERS/Kyodo </p>

An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 18, 2011. Reactors 1 to 4 are seen from L to R in this picture taken from more than 40km (25 miles) away. REUTERS/Kyodo

An aerial view shows Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima March 18, 2011. Reactors 1 to 4 are seen from L to R in this picture taken from more than 40km (25 miles) away. REUTERS/Kyodo

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<p>(From R to L) Reactors No. 1 to 4 are seen at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima is seen in this satellite image, taken and released by DigitalGlobe March 18, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout  </p>

(From R to L) Reactors No. 1 to 4 are seen at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima is seen in this satellite image, taken and released by DigitalGlobe March 18, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

(From R to L) Reactors No. 1 to 4 are seen at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Fukushima is seen in this satellite image, taken and released by DigitalGlobe March 18, 2011. REUTERS/DigitalGlobe/Handout

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<p>A fire truck sprays water at No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture in this still image taken from a video by the Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit on March 18, 2011. Engineers have successfully attached a power cable to the outside of the damaged nuclear plant in a first step to help cool reactors and stop the spread of radiation after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated northeast Japan.  REUTERS/Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit via Reuters TV</p>

A fire truck sprays water at No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture in this still image taken from a video by the Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit on March 18,...more

A fire truck sprays water at No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Tomioka, Fukushima prefecture in this still image taken from a video by the Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit on March 18, 2011. Engineers have successfully attached a power cable to the outside of the damaged nuclear plant in a first step to help cool reactors and stop the spread of radiation after a massive earthquake and tsunami devastated northeast Japan. REUTERS/Self Defence Force Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapon Defense Unit via Reuters TV

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