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Elderly Japanese woman found alive 5 days after deadly earthquake

An woman in her 90s was pulled from the rubble of her collapsed home in Japan Saturday, 124 hours after an earthquake struck the region.

The unidentified woman survived for five days and four hours after the quake took her home down. Chances of survival severely diminish after 72 hours.

The Suzu native was rescued by 100 helmeted workers who were seen covering the view of her two-story home with a blue tarp to provide privacy during the mission around 8 p.m. Saturday.

She was found suffering from hypothermia and provided intravenous fluids and oxygen, Japanese news outlet Yomiuri reported.

Another woman, believed to be in her 40s, was also found at the site suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest.

Suzu is located in Ishikawa Prefecture, which was the region hardest hit by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake, which left 126 dead, including a 5-year-old boy, who suffered burns from boiling water and later died in the hospital.

An unidentified woman survived for five days and four hours after the quake took her home down. The Suzu native was rescued by 100 helmeted workers who were seen covering the view of her two-story home with a blue tarp to provide privacy during the mission around 8 p.m. Saturday. AP
The woman was found suffering from hypothermia and provided intravenous fluids and oxygen. Another woman, believed to be in her 40s, was also found at the site suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest. AP

Wajima city was hit with the most deaths, at 69, followed by Suzu at 38. More than 200 are still missing and more than 500 injured.

Several rescue missions were launched since the natural disaster struck Monday.

Shrio Kokuda, 76, whose home survived in Wajima, recalled seeing a temple go up in flames during the tragedy. And he’s still looking for friends at evacuation centers.

“It’s been really tough,” he said.

The 7.6 magnitude earthquake left 126 dead, including a five-year-old boy, who suffered burns from boiling water and later died in the hospital. AP
More than 200 are still missing and more than 500 injured. Wajima city was hit with the most deaths, clocking in at 69, followed by Suzu at 38. AP

Thousands of troops have flown in supplies and trucked in water, food, and medicine to more than 30,000 who are sheltering in auditoriums, schools and other evacuation centers.

The country still faces more than 100 landslides in the area, with some blocking major roads that are isolating communities in desperate need of aid, according to Yomiuri. Takimata, which is located in Wajima, is one of those areas.

Other roadways are cracked and on the verge of collapse. The threat of the roads completely collapsing is only heightened as residents brace for rain and snow this weekend.

Wajima ran out of emergency supplies the day the quake happened.

In a rare show of support, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un sent a message of condolence. The country also received messages from the US and other allies.

Yoshimasa Hayashi, a Japanese government spokesperson, thanked foreign governments for their messages and said the last time the country had received one from North Korea was in 1995.

With Post wires.

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