03/14/2011 05:13 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Japan Earthquake 2011: Hardest Hit Regions Reel From Devastation

Though rescue workers continue their frantic search, Japan's death toll is already expected to exceed 10,000 following Friday's magnitude-8.9 earthquake and deadly tsunami.

Asia's richest nation faces a mounting humanitarian and economic crisis in the wake of the disaster, further compounded by ongoing nuclear fears following the second hydrogen explosion in three days at a power plant.

As Reuters is reporting, Japanese media have already released preliminary figures of the dead and missing in more than a dozen of the nation's 47 prefectures. You can learn about some of the hardest hit areas below.

Read live updates from Japan here.

All captions courtesy of Reuters.

Japan: Numbers By Region