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The number of people confirmed dead in the earthquake and tsunami in north-east Japan now stands at nearly 8,500 but officials fear more than 15,000 have been killed in just one area.

The small coastal town of Rikuzentakata was badly hit - the tsunami flattened everything in its path.

From there, Damian Grammaticas reports.

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