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Japan, Two Months After The Disaster

Here's a photo of Kesennuma, a city in Japan, shortly after the earthquake and tsunami struck in March.

People search for the wreckage of their home washed away by the tsunami at Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, March 23, 2011.

People search for the wreckage of their home washed away by the tsunami at Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, March 23, 2011. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP hide caption

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Here's a photo of the same city, taken today:

A Japanese soldier walks through a flooded path in a port area in Kesennuma, May 11, 2011.

A Japanese soldier walks through a flooded path in a port area in Kesennuma, May 11, 2011. Junji Kurokawa/AP hide caption

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Two months have elapsed since the earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan. Headlines about nuclear radiation and demolished cities have, for the most part, fallen below the fold for many major news outlets. But a quick look at the photos coming from Japan shows there's still a long way to go to recovery.

In an effort to keep the general public engaged, 14 photographers who were in Japan after the disaster have teamed up for charity: The 3/11 Tsunami Photo Project is an iPad app with photos and commentary from the photographers; download proceeds go to the Japan Red Cross Society. The photos were taken in the weeks after the disaster, though they don't look too different from the photos being taken today.

  • An elderly woman shuffles through a city demolished by the tsunami that arrived 30 minutes after the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history, Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture.
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    An elderly woman shuffles through a city demolished by the tsunami that arrived 30 minutes after the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history, Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture.
    James Whitlow Delano
  • A fireman awaits new arrivals at a decontamination center in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture, on March 13.
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    A fireman awaits new arrivals at a decontamination center in Koriyama, Fukushima prefecture, on March 13.
    Adam Dean
  • Locals make their way through the devastated Shishiori township of Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture, March 16.
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    Locals make their way through the devastated Shishiori township of Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture, March 16.
    Shiho Fukada
  • Little remains in Otuschi City, five days after the tsunami hit.
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    Little remains in Otuschi City, five days after the tsunami hit.
    Jean Chung
  • Rescue workers remove bodies in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, more than a week after the earthquake.
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    Rescue workers remove bodies in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, more than a week after the earthquake.
    Keith Bedford
  • Cherry blossoms, undated
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    Cherry blossoms, undated
    Ko Sasaki
  • Neena Sasaki, 5, carries some of the family belongings from her destroyed home after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi prefecture, March 15.
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    Neena Sasaki, 5, carries some of the family belongings from her destroyed home after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Miyagi prefecture, March 15.
    Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

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"A lot has been said about Japanese resilience and their response to the March 11 disaster," writes Associated Press photographer David Guttenfelder. "But the stoicism hides the deep personal suffering. The humble efficiency makes it seem like help is not needed. I hope that our photographs will help people understand and continue to help Japan."

One of the project curators sent along this selection.

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