A woman in her 90s was pulled alive from a collapsed house in western Japan late Saturday roughly 124 hours after a major quake slammed the region, killing at least 128 people, toppling buildings and setting off landslides.
At least 128 deaths recorded and hundreds hurt in western Japan following quakeThe Associated Press
· Posted: Jan 06, 2024 10:30 AM EST | Last Updated: January 6
Police work to rescue a woman in her 90s, who was found alive in a collapsed home, in Suzu, Japan, on Saturday, five days after a powerful and deadly earthquake. (Kyodo News/The Associated Press)A woman in her 90s was pulled alive from a collapsed house in western Japan late Saturday roughly 124 hours after a major quake slammed the region, killing at least 128 people, toppling buildings and setting off landslides.
The woman in Suzu city, Ishikawa Prefecture, had survived for more than five days after the 7.6 magnitude quake that hit the area Monday.
Nationally broadcast news footage showed helmeted rescue workers covering the view of the area with blue plastic. The woman was not visible.
Chances for survival diminish after the first 72 hours.
Several other dramatic rescues have been reported over the past few days as soldiers, firefighters and others joined a widespread effort.
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Among the 128 dead was a five-year-old boy who had been recovering from injuries he suffered when boiling water spilled on him during Monday’s earthquake. His condition suddenly worsened and he died Friday.
Aftershocks threatened to bury more homes and block roads crucial for relief shipments. Officials warned that roads already cracked could collapse completely.
That risk was growing with rain and snow expected overnight and Sunday.
A man walks past collapsed buildings in Wajima, Japan, on Saturday. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)Wajima city sees most deathsWajima city has recorded the highest number of deaths with 69, followed by Suzu with 38. More than 500 people were injured, at least 27 of them seriously.
The temblors left roofs sitting haplessly on roads and everything beneath them crushed flat. Roads were warped like rubber. A fire turned a neighbourhood in Wajima to ashes.
More than 200 people were still unaccounted-for, although the number has fluctuated. Eleven people were reported trapped under two homes that collapsed in Anamizu.
Masatoshi Nakamae drives his vehicle along a damaged road in Wajima, Japan, on Saturday. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
Police officers conduct a search operation at a burnt market in Wajima, Japan, on Saturday. (Kyodo News/The Associated Press)
For Shiro Kokuda, 76, the house in Wajima where he grew up was spared but a nearby temple went up in flames and he was still looking for his friends at evacuation centres.
“It’s been really tough,” he said.
Along Japan’s coastline, power was gradually being restored, but water supplies were still short. Emergency water systems were also damaged.
Thousands of troops were flying and trucking in water, food and medicine to more than 30,000 people who had evacuated to auditoriums, schools and other facilities.