Photographs of the doomed Titanic are still haunting 100 years after trans-Atlantic disaster
The RMS Titanic was once the largest floating ship in the world. It had a massive hull, towering smoke stacks, an opulent staircase, gargantuan propellers, enormous boilers and plenty of deck space. It was to sail on a wide, expansive sea. It carried 2,435 passengers and 892 crew members.
When the ship struck an iceberg 600 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland and sank, its once awe-inspiring size and capacity became a hindrance. Women, children and some men were ushered into lifeboats that had no hope of holding every person on the ship. Seven hundred and ten people survived and 1,517 died.
See how Japan has rebuilt since the earthquake and tsunami
Japan’s Reconstruction Agency will be inaugurated Friday, almost 11 months after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. The agency will streamline the process to help municipalities, set up special reconstruction zones and provide subsidies for disaster-hit local governments. More photos here.
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