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Panoramic image: Schools become makeshift relief centers in tsunami damaged Minamisanriku, Japan

The producers making these panoramic images for PhotoBlog have decided to begin covering relief efforts in Japan. I understand their decision. At some point the destruction is overwhelming, and you want to pay more attention to the survivors and those who are helping.

I’m struck by the smiling faces of the children in this image. I think kids are stronger than we give them credit for.

In tsunami-stricken Minamisanriku, where more than 8,000 people are still missing, many survivors have taken refuge in school gymnasiums. This panoramic shows the conditions in Shizugawa Elementary school on March 19, 2011. There is a sense of safety, but many basic needs are still not being met. (Koki Uemura / Sankei Shimbun / MSN Japan)

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Sugawara Haruto, center, plays with other children at Sezugawa Secondary School, which has been set up as an evacuation center and is now home to more than 280 people, in Minamisanriku.

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An "SOS" signal is written on the sports field of a high school after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Minamisanriku.

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