90-year-old woman rescued alive from rubble 124 hours after Japan earthquake

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Rescue operations are underway in Suez City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.


A 90-year-old woman has been rescued from the rubble of her two-storey house after more than five days of power. Earthquake attacked Japan.

Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported that rescuers found the woman in the city of Suzu in Ishikawa Prefecture on Saturday evening, 124 hours after the quake, and took her to a nearby hospital.

On Sunday, a doctor told reporters that the woman was speaking well but her legs were injured.

Kume Takanori, a member of the emergency rescue team, told NHK that the woman's knees were trapped under furniture in a very narrow space between the first and second floors. It took several hours to free her, Takanori said.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5 Japan triggered tsunami warnings as far east as Russia on January 1. Thousands of coastal residents were forced to evacuate their homes as buildings and roads collapsed. Many buildings were destroyed by fire.

The death toll from the disaster is at least 126, according to the latest figures shared by Japanese authorities on Saturday.

In case of natural calamity, first 72 hours “Absolutely Important” For search and rescue efforts. Experts call it “Gold Time to locate survivors”, the conditions of the trapped and injured could quickly deteriorate.

it is a A race against time Teams on the ground to rescue people trapped in the rubble.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but Japanese officials say more than 200 people are unaccounted for. Search and rescue operations are ongoing in Ishikawa.

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NHK said many roads are still blocked, making it difficult for emergency personnel and vehicles to reach survivors.

Addressing the issue in a statement shared on X, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said traffic restrictions would be enforced around the quake zone from Sunday.

Traffic will be restricted from entering the affected areas to allow free movement of disaster recovery vehicles.

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