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Day-to-Day Satellite Photos Reveal the Unfolding Crisis at the Nuclear Power Plant in Japan [Slide Show]

Aerial views of the damage at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant from March 12 to March 17 show signs of the chaotic sequence of events ranging from explosions to fires

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STABILITY?:

This photo shows the power plant on March 17. An update published by International Atomic Energy Agency that day said reactor Nos. 1, 2 and 3 appeared stable, but officials were unsure of the water's level or temperature in reactor No.....[ More ]

DAMAGE TO NOS. 2 AND 4:

A March 16 satellite photo shows the aftermath of an explosion at reactor No. 2 [ second from right ] on March 15 and a fire in the spent-fuel storage pond at reactor No. 4 [ far left ].....[ More ]

REACTOR NO. 3 EXPLODES:

Reactor No. 3 exploded March 14 at 9:01 A.M. local time. Smoke rises from the damaged building in this photo taken at 9:04 A.M.....[ More ]

REACTOR NO. 1 EXPLODES:

On March 12, an explosion blew the roof off reactor No. 1. This picture, taken on March 13, shows the damage. ....[ More ]

BEFORE THE FIRST EXPLOSION:

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 12, 2011, 10:38 A.M. local time. All the reactor units appear intact.....[ More ]

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