Japan Death Toll Climbs, 13,000 Still Missing

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The death toll from Japan's March 11 earthquake and resulting tsunami has now risen to more than 9,000. The number is expected to climb even higher as more than 13,000 people are still missing.

Meanwhile, workers continue their efforts to contain the crippled nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. Work teams are trying to restore the necessary power lines to cool the reactors.

Another complication has also been added to bringing the nuclear plant under control. A pool used to store spent fuel has dramatically heated up.

David Darg, Operation Blessing's Director of International Disaster Relief and Special Projects, gave an update on efforts to keep the people in shelters warm. Click here for his comments.  

A Japanese nuclear safety official said the temperatures in the pool have risen close to the boiling point. This is believed to be causing the steam that has been seen wafting from the plant.

Meanwhile, the city of Higashi Matsushima was in mourning as family members gathered to bury their loved ones in a mass grave.

Funeral homes and crematoriums have been overwhelmed with dead bodies as no more body bags or coffins are available.

Still, the island nation is showing some signs of recovery on the economic front.

Tokyo stocks rose Tuesday, as investors were reassured the efforts to contain the nuclear crisis at the power plant was making some progress.

The Bank of Japan also supplied an additional $24.7 billion to the Tokyo money market to support financial institutions.

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