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Japan, March 20, 2011. »

  • An 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson were found under the debris of their home in Ishinomaki City, about 30 miles northeast of the city of Sendai, nine days after the earthquake and tsunami first ravaged Japan.  They were hospitalized, conditions unknown.
  • Attempts to cool the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continued, with firefighters dousing it with 2,400 tons of water over 14 hours.
  • The Japanese government announced it had found higher than normal levels of radioactivity in spinach and milk at farms about 90 miles away from Fukushima — the first confirmation that the unfolding nuclear crisis has affected the nation’s food supply.
  • The death toll officially reached more than 8,100; the final toll is now expected to reach nearly 20,000.  Police officials in Miyagi, the prefecture hit hardest by the tsunami, said they expected the final toll there alone to exceed 15,000.