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House turned upside-down by the force of tsunami

A house turned completely upside down by the force of the tsunami, in part of Kamaishi's Unosumia suburb.


Photo taken by a member of the UK's Urban Search and Rescue team, who were deployed to Japan on Saturday 12 March, following a request for assistance from the Japanese government.


Despite an extensive search of residential and industrial properties, no survivors have been found.


Heavy snow and falling temperatures six days after the start of the disaster mean there is now is an extremely low chance of finding survivors.


Therefore following a discussion with the Japanese disaster authorities, the UK team and their US counterparts have agreed not to extend their rescue operations and will begin to withdraw from Japan.


The team remain fit and well and continue to monitor radiation levels closely. No abnormal radiation has been detected in the area.


To find out more about how the UK is helping respond to the earthquake in Japan, please visit


Picture: Ed Hawkesworth/DFID


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Taken on March 17, 2011