It has been a little over seven months since the massive Japanese trifecta…9.0 earthquake, tsunami and radiation emergency.  Then in September, the island nation was hit by more misery… Powerful Typhoon Talas left a trail of heavy rainfall and mudslides as it moved over Japan killing at least six people and had 20 others missing.

Kyodo News recently published a series of amazing photos documenting the progress of the clean up.  I have show only two here but there are many on the website link below…it is encouraging to see such progress after such incredible destruction.

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This combination of three photos taken over a six-month period shows aftermath of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and its cleanup progress in Wakabayashi-ward in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. The left photo, taken March 16, 2011, shows debris of houses and vehicles cover the area after the tsunami. The middle photo, taken June 2, 2011, shows some debris and cars were removed, while the right photo taken Sept. 3, 2011 shows student volunteers getting rid of smaller rubble in a cleared field. AP / Kyodo News
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This combination of three photos taken over a six-month period shows aftermath of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and its cleanup progress in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, in northeastern Japan. The left photo, taken March 12, 2011, shows The No. 18 Kyotokumaru fishing vessel sitting amid still smoldering debris after being swept away from a port by the tsunami. The middle photo, taken June 3, 2011, the ship staying along with collected damaged vehicles. The last photo taken Sept. 5, 2011, shows the ship sitting in the same position amid almost cleared land. Kyodo News reported that there is a movement among citizens to keep the ship as it is as a monument of the disaster. AP / Kyodo News

For more photos and stories go to:  http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/09/japan-marks-6-months-since-ear.html