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Tales of hope and despair in Japan

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A woman, second right, is reunited with her relatives for the first time at a shelter in Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture, northeast Japan on March 15.

As some families are reunited after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, others are beginning to mourn.


Women wail together after hearing of the death of family members at an evacuation center in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture, Japan on March 15.

See more images from Japan in our slideshow and check Breaking News for the latest updates.

The search continues for thousands of people who are still missing after the massive tsunami devastated northern Japan on Friday. NBC's Ann Curry reports on the struggles many are facing to finding their loved ones.