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Hundreds of Bodies Found in Japanese Coastal City

Earthquake also spawns fears over nuclear power plant
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2011 9:10 AM CST
Japan Earthquake Death Toll: 200 to 300 Found Dead in Sendai, 88 More Confirmed Dead, 349 Still Missing
The tarmac and surrounding area of Sendai Airport is covered with water after a tsunami at in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(Newser) – The death toll continues to rise in the wake of Japan's massive earthquake, and police say between 200 and 300 bodies have been found in the coastal city of Sendai. Another 88 have been confirmed dead and 349 are missing, the AP reports. More than 50 aftershocks went on for hours after the quake, with many at a magnitude of more than 6.0. In addition to a 23-foot tsunami and widespread fires burning out of control, the earthquake has also spawned fears over a nuclear power plant that was unable to cool its reactor. Thousands living near the plant were ordered to evacuate. Click for full coverage, including scenes of the devastation. (Read more Japan stories.)

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