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Salvaged Photos From The Tsunami In Japan

Memories thought lost in last year's disaster miraculously resurface and are restored by volunteers, bringing untold joy to survivors. Here are images of the heroic effort to save photographs from Japan's earthquake and tsunami ravaged regions.

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Toru Hanai / Reuters

Photographs, washed away by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, are hung to dry after cleaning in Ofunato, February 20, 2012. The massive tsunami leveled buildings and flattened towns along a wide swathe of northern Japan, including Ofunato, but also took a more subtle toll, with hundreds of thousands of photographs lost to the churning waters.

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Yuriko Nakao / Reuters

A volunteer looks through a school album which was found near the tsunami-hit Okawa Elementary School on March 28, 2011. About 80% of the students and teachers were killed or are missing after the school was devastated in the tsunami.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

Photo albums and other personal belongings are retrieved by the Japan Self-Defense Force from the ruins of the devastated residential area in Otsuchi on March 16, 2011. Otsuchi is a fishing community where 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 disappeared in the disaster.

Damir Sagolj / Reuters

A photo of a baby is saved from the ruins of a collapsed house as rescue workers search for victims in the tsunami-devastated town of Rikuzentakata, March 21, 2011.

Toru Hanai / Reuters

Tsunami victim Tokie Sakamoto reacts as she flips through an album of her family photographs, an album once assumed destroyed by the tsunami, after receiving them from a volunteer in Ofunato, February 20, 2012.

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