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Heavy snow falls in quake-hit areas in Japan, hampering relief efforts

2011-03-17 03:37:33 GMT2011-03-17 11:37:33(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo taken on March 16, 2011 shows the snow-covered Kitakami city in the quake-hit area of Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Heavy snow attacked Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture on Wednesday.(Xinhua/Lan Jianzhong)

Photo taken on March 16, 2011 shows the snow-covered Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Heavy snow attacked Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture on Wednesday.(Xinhua/Lan Jianzhong)

Vehicles move on the snow-covered road in the quake-hit area of Aomori-ken Prefecture, Japan, March 16, 2011. Heavy snow attacked Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture on Wednesday.(Xinhua/Lan Jianzhong)

A woman walks past snow-covered rubble in Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan, after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area March 16, 2011. (Reuters Photo)

Members of the Japan Self Defence force walk through the snow-covered ruins of Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami March 16, 2011. (Reuters Photo)

A Japan Self-Defense Force officer gives instruction to his team at the devastated residential area of Otsuchi as heavy snow falls March 16, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. (Reuters Photo)

Heavy snow falls as members of the Japan Self-Defense Force arrive at the devastated residential area in Otsuchi March 16, 2011. In the fishermen town of Otsuchi in Iwate prefecture, 12,000 out of a population of 15,000 have disappeared following Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. (Reuters Photo)

Heavy snow attacked Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture on Wednesday.

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