70-year-old woman survives Japan earthquake and tsunami

Posted Mar 15, 2011 by Leo Reyes
A 70-year-old woman was found alive by rescuers four days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan last Friday.
A U.S. Air Force search and rescue crew survey an inlet in northeastern Japan
A U.S. Air Force search and rescue crew survey an inlet in northeastern Japan
U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Katrina R. Menchaca
"Osaka fire department spokesman Yuko Kotani says the woman was found inside her house that was washed away by the tsunami in northeastern Japan's Iwate prefecture", reports.
The old woman, who did not give her name, was conscious when she was found, according to the fire department spokesman.
The woman survivor, who was suffering from hypothermia, is now being treated at a hospital.
The 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which triggered a devastating tsunami, has caused extensive damage to roads buildings, railways and vital infrastructure including the explosion of several nuclear plants in Sendai City, the area that was severely hit by the destructive tsunami.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that "in the 65 years after the end of World War II, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan."
"According to officials, more than 1,800 people were confirmed dead — including 200 people whose bodies were found Sunday along the coast — and more than 1,400 were missing in Friday's disasters. Another 1,900 were injured", Yahoo News reports.
The estimate of death toll for Japan's destructive earthquake and tsunami could exceed 10,000 according to unofficial reports as rescuers coming from Osaka and other cities in western Japan continue their search and rescue operations.