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MAKESHIFT HIGH   Schoolchildren attended lessons Tuesday in temporary classrooms in a  gymnasium in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. About 200 students  displaced by the country’s quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster have been  studying in the temporary classrooms for about a week. (Photo: Kyodo News / Reuters via the Wall St. Journal)

MAKESHIFT HIGH   Schoolchildren attended lessons Tuesday in temporary classrooms in a gymnasium in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. About 200 students displaced by the country’s quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster have been studying in the temporary classrooms for about a week. (Photo: Kyodo News / Reuters via the Wall St. Journal)

A statue of Hotei Buddha sits in the debris in the tsunami-destroyed town of Sendai, Japan.  (Photo: AP via the New York Post)

A statue of Hotei Buddha sits in the debris in the tsunami-destroyed town of Sendai, Japan.  (Photo: AP via the New York Post)

NASA’s Terra satellite’s first view of northeastern Japan in the wake of  a devastating earthquake and tsunami (right, taken March 12, 2011; the left image, provided as a point of reference, was taken Feb. 26, 2011) reveals extensive flooding along  the coast.  Water is black or dark blue  in these images. It is difficult to see the coastline in the March 12  image, but a thin green line outlines the shore. This green line is  higher-elevation land that is above water, presumably preventing the  flood of water from returning to the sea. The flood indicator on the  left image illustrates how far inland the flood extends.  (Photo: NASA)

NASA’s Terra satellite’s first view of northeastern Japan in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami (right, taken March 12, 2011; the left image, provided as a point of reference, was taken Feb. 26, 2011) reveals extensive flooding along the coast.  Water is black or dark blue in these images. It is difficult to see the coastline in the March 12 image, but a thin green line outlines the shore. This green line is higher-elevation land that is above water, presumably preventing the flood of water from returning to the sea. The flood indicator on the left image illustrates how far inland the flood extends.  (Photo: NASA)

LOSS   A father and child who lost their home stand in front of the wreckage in Sendai, northern Japan.  (Photo: Kyodo News / AP via the New York Daily News)

LOSS   A father and child who lost their home stand in front of the wreckage in Sendai, northern Japan.  (Photo: Kyodo News / AP via the New York Daily News)

Tsunami waves, triggered by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake off Sendai, inundate the city’s airport Friday.  (Photo: Kyodo News via the AP / Boston Globe)

Tsunami waves, triggered by the magnitude 8.9 earthquake off Sendai, inundate the city’s airport Friday.  (Photo: Kyodo News via the AP / Boston Globe)

Planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept away by the wave at Sendai airport.  (Photo: Kyodo News / AP via the New York Times)

Planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept away by the wave at Sendai airport.  (Photo: Kyodo News / AP via the New York Times)

Closed-circuit TV footage of tsunami waves sweeping over an airport tarmac, perhaps in Sendai.  (via the New York Times)

The tarmac and surrounding areas of the Sendai Airport in Sendai, Miyagi  prefecture. The earthquake triggered tsunami warnings far and wide  across the Pacific region.  Photo: Kyodo News / AP via the New York Times)

The tarmac and surrounding areas of the Sendai Airport in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. The earthquake triggered tsunami warnings far and wide across the Pacific region.  Photo: Kyodo News / AP via the New York Times)

This screengrab, via Reuters / CNN, shows the staggering, 10-meter-high tsunami barreling toward the coast of Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

This screengrab, via Reuters / CNN, shows the staggering, 10-meter-high tsunami barreling toward the coast of Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

Dozens of people atop what appears to be a building at the now-inundated Sendai Airport in northeastern Japan.

Dozens of people atop what appears to be a building at the now-inundated Sendai Airport in northeastern Japan.