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Japan: After the earthquake

Efforts have resumed at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to restore electrical power and cool its overheating reactors, seriously damaged by the 11 March earthquake.

Meanwhile, the official death toll from the earthquake and tsunami has risen to more than 9,000, with 12,645 missing.

BBC News website readers describe the return home after the earthquake and tsunami hit and the decision about whether to leave the country.

Martin Mckeown, Ishinomaki

Image caption An elementary school in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami

My family home in Ishinomaki was flooded and my car too, in over a metre of water after the earthquake caused a tsunami.

We have just moved back into our home.

I'm originally from Otley in West Yorkshire, but live here with my Japanese wife.

Our town has been badly hit. The last few days we spent sleeping in our car, the weeks before with friends at their home.

I went up to the top of a hill, which overlooks our town and the whole place has disappeared - it is total devastation.

You can just see a big square where a huge building used to be.

However, we feel extremely lucky since a huge part of the city here has been washed away.

It is a tough situation with no running water, no mains gas, no gasoline and very limited food supplies.

Electricity has just been restored to parts of the city, so things are looking up.

Towns just North of us have been harder hit.

Tim Johnston, Narita

Image caption A farmer clips spinach for disposal in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.

I'm a US citizen living in Japan and I have just been told that US citizens are being evacuated.

They found three times the normal amount of radiation in vegetables.

My house is in Narita town near the airport and 120km from the nuclear plant.

I would like to leave, as I am concerned about the radiation especially given the wind direction today, but I am divorced with a six-year-old son.

If I leave I might lose my right to see him and I haven't been able to see him since the earthquake.

The earthquake was the scariest experience.

I remember seeing a big crack in the road open up and fling cars everywhere.

It's a really hard time in Japan right now.

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