90 Year Old Woman Rescued 5 Days After Japan's Earthquake
An elderly woman in her 90s has been rescued from under the rubble of a two-story house more than five days after a powerful earthquake struck Japan.
Rescue of Elderly Woman
An elderly woman in her 90s has been rescued from under the rubble of a two-story house more than five days after a powerful earthquake struck Japan. Rescuers found the woman in Suzu City in Ishikawa prefecture on Saturday evening – 124 hours after the quake struck – and took her to a nearby hospital. A doctor has reported that she is well enough to have conversations, but her legs are injured.
Kume Takanori, a member of the emergency rescue team, described the challenging process of freeing the woman. Her knees had been stuck under furniture in a very narrow space between the first and second floor. It took hours to finally free her from the debris.
The death toll from the earthquake has reached at least 126, and search and rescue operations are still ongoing to find more survivors. In the event of a natural disaster, the first 72 hours are crucial for search and rescue efforts.
Earthquake Damage and Recovery
The 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck central Japan on January 1 triggered tsunami alerts in eastern Russia. Thousands of people in coastal areas were forced to evacuate as buildings and roads collapsed. Additionally, many structures were destroyed by fires caused by the earthquake.
Although the full extent of the damage is yet to be determined, there are still over 200 people unaccounted for. Rescue operations are ongoing in Ishikawa, but blocked roads are hindering the efforts of emergency personnel and vehicles. To address this, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced traffic restrictions in the affected areas to prioritize the passage of vehicles involved in disaster recovery.
Japan has a long history of earthquake-proofing its architecture, but even with these measures, the impact of powerful earthquakes can still be devastating. The country's efforts to minimize the loss of life and damage from earthquakes continue to be tested in the face of such natural disasters.
Importance of Early Rescue Operations
The first 72 hours after a natural disaster are considered the "golden period" for search and rescue efforts. During this time, there is a higher chance of finding survivors as their conditions may deteriorate rapidly. The rescue of the elderly woman after more than five days highlights the determination and dedication of rescue teams on the ground.
While the woman's rescue is inspiring, there are still many others who remain trapped or missing. The ongoing search and rescue operations in Ishikawa are crucial in finding and saving as many lives as possible. The difficult conditions caused by blocked roads and damaged infrastructure emphasize the need for efficient coordination and resources to expedite the rescue efforts.