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A Nonagenarian found alive after Japan earthquake

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Relief operations continue in all areas affected by the earthquake, such as here in the city of Suzu, Ishikawa Prefecture, on January 7, 2024.

Agence France-Presse

A nonagenarian was able to be pulled out alive from the rubble of the earthquake which killed at least 128 people in central Japan, according to a new count, but rescue operations were made more difficult on Sunday by snowfall.

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake which devastated the Noto Peninsula on January 1, on the western coast of the island of Honshu, the largest in the archipelago, also left 560 injured and 195 people remain missing, according to a new report announced Sunday afternoon by local authorities.

On Saturday, a woman in her nineties was found alive after spending five days under the debris of her collapsed house in Suzu, at the tip of the peninsula bordering the Sea of ​​Japan.

She was able to answer questions clearly when she was rescued and taken to hospital for treatment, the police said. public television channel NHK.

Hold on!, rescuers shouted at him in the rain, in a video shot by police and broadcast by local media. Everything's gonna Be Alright! Stay positive.

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A Tokyo police spokesperson confirmed to AFP that the rescue was carried out by police officers from Tokyo and Fukuoka (southwest), without giving details. More details.

Many were less fortunate: In the town of Anamizu, also on the peninsula, a 52-year-old man who learned of the deaths of his 21-year-old son and his in-laws was waiting for news from other members of his family. family.

I want them to be alive. It is unthinkable that I would be left alone.

A quote from A 52-year-old man waiting for news from his family

In the city, an AFP photographer saw rescuers dressed in orange and blue raincoats transporting the body of a victim of #x27;a landslide, covered with a blue tarpaulin.

The earthquake, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, caused the collapse of buildings and roads, a thousand landslides and fires, particularly in Wajima, where authorities believe many residents are still under the rubble.

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The Japan Self-Defense Forces sent a small group of soldiers on foot to each of the isolated communities and deployed helicopters, such as here in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture.

The tremor, felt as far as Tokyo, 300 kilometers away, also triggered a tsunami, with waves of more than 27 ;one meter in height.

Rescuers are continuing their efforts to search for people missing or isolated due to roads damaged by the earthquake, and to deliver food and equipment to the victims. Some 29,000 people were sheltering in 404 government shelters on Sunday, according to the Ishikawa department.

The situation further worsened with the deterioration of weather conditions on Sunday, which is expected to continue on Monday, with rain and heavy snowfall expected locally. The Japanese weather agency has warned of the risks of hypothermia.

New landslides due to precipitation are feared and icy conditions are expected to further complicate traffic on roads damaged by the earthquake.

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Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks to the media after the series of earthquakes that shook the center of the country.

Due to poor road conditions, the Japan Self-Defense Forces sent a small group of soldiers on foot to each of the isolated communities and deployed helicopters, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told NHK public television on Sunday.

Alongside these efforts, it is necessary to improve the accommodation and health conditions of people affected by the disaster, as this situation is expected to prolong, added Mr. Kishida, believing that sustained and It would take a long time to rebuild the devastated areas.

Some 18,000 homes remained without electricity in Ishikawa on Sunday evening and more than 66,000 homes were without water. This earthquake is the first to cause the death of more than 100 people in Japan since the devastating Kumamoto earthquake (southwest) which killed 276 people in 2016.

Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan is one of the countries where earthquakes are most frequent. The archipelago is haunted by the memory of the terrible magnitude 9 earthquake, followed by a giant tsunami which swept across the northeastern coast in March 2011, a disaster which left some 20,000 dead and missing.

This disaster also led to the Fukushima nuclear accident, the most serious since Chernobyl in 1986.

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