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Japan quake deaths, desperation rise


TOKYO (AP) -- The rescues of two people in the earthquake and tsunami rubble in Japan today come as rare good news. The confirmed death toll is around 3,300 and thousands more are missing.

Experts in involved in the 2004 Asian tsunami say there's no question that the toll is far higher, and warn that many thousands may never be found. Officials have estimated that at least 10,000 were killed in Miyagi state alone.

Millions of people along Japan's northeast coast are coping through a fifth night with near-freezing temperatures and snow but little food, water or heating. Up to 450,000 people are in temporary shelters.

The operator of Japan's stricken nuclear power plant is considering spraying water and acid by helicopters and fire trucks into its troubled reactors to prevent further radiation from leaking.

Masami Nishimura, a spokesman for Japan's nuclear safety agency, said Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. was considering the measures after a string of explosions and fires at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which was damaged by last week's massive earthquake and tsunami.

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