90-year-old Japanese woman pulled from rubble five days after quake

90-year-old Japanese woman pulled from rubble five days after quake

The woman was rushed to hospital by rescue teams.
90-year-old Japanese woman pulled from rubble five days after quake

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7 Jan 2024

An 90-year-old woman trapped for five days under the rubble by a huge earthquake in central Japan was rescued against the odds.

At least 126 people died in the magnitude-7.5 tremor on New Year's Day and its aftershocks -- a toll that is sure to rise, with 222 others reported missing to local authorities.

The jolt and its aftershocks toppled buildings, sparked a major fire and triggered tsunami waves of over a metre.

The hope of finding survivors usually fades three days after a destructive quake.

But the elderly woman spent five days under the wreckage of a collapsed house in the city of Suzu before being saved on Saturday.

She was taken to hospital for treatment and was responding clearly to questions, according to public broadcaster NHK.

"Hang in there!" rescuers were heard calling to the woman in police footage from the scene published by local media.

"You're gonna be OK!" they shouted as rain fell around them. "Stay positive!"

A Tokyo police spokesman confirmed that the rescue had been carried out by officers from Tokyo and Fukuoka, but could not give further details.

Cold rain was forecast to turn to snow by Sunday afternoon in the peninsula on the Sea of Japan side of the country's main Honshu island.

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