TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN rescued today from the rubble of Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake in eastern Japan.
A 70-year-old woman is being treated for hypothermia after she was found, but is understood not to be suffering any life-threatening injuries, Japan’s NHK reports.
A man was found alive in the Miyagi district, 96 hours after the earthquake struck.
The two latest rescues come after yesterday’s dramatic discovery of a four-month-old baby girl in a tsunami-ruined house. The infant had been swept from her parents’ arms when the huge wave struck their home in Ishinomaki.
Soldiers searching the ruined village found the baby and were able to reunite her with her father, News.com reports, just moments before a second tsunami warning was issued for the area. That warning proved a false alarm.
The confirmed death toll stands at over 2,400, but authorities still estimate it will rise above 10,000.
Concerns are growing for the stability of Japan’s quake-damaged nuclear facilities. People within 20km of the Fukushima nuclear plant have been evacuated, after the prime minister confirmed radiation had leaked from the plant.
Nuclear authorities say that radiation levels around the power station have now reached levels that can endanger humans.