Rescue in Japan as 2 pulled from rubble 9 days after Quake

A grandmother and her teenage grandson were rescued Sunday in Japan, nine days after they became trapped in their home following the earthquake and tsunami, officials said.

In the southern part of the Miyagi city of Ishinomaki, the 80-year-old woman and 16-year-old boy were rescued by medical workers, authorities said.

Police were searching for survivors in the vicinity. The boy manged to crawl through the rubble onto the roof, the Ishinomaki police department said.

A relative had reported the two missing on March 13, police said.

Police gave the specific location as Kadonowakimachi, in the southern part of Ishinomaki near the coast.The news gave hope to others that their missing loved ones may be found alive.

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Pulled from the Rubble: Man Survives Being Trapped 8 days

Military search teams pulled a young man from a crushed house Saturday in Japan’s disaster zone but a news report later said he returned there a week after the quake and tsunami struck and that he was trapped only for one day.

He told rescuers that he left after the first tsunami, but then returned home and fell unconscious.

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A man was pulled alive from the rubble on Saturday eight days after Japan’s powerful earthquake and tsunami, the military said.

The man, in his 20s, was in shock and unable to speak when he was found in Kesennuma in Miyagi prefecture, one of the regions hardest hit by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake, a spokesman said.

He was found trapped on the second floor of a house and had wrapped himself in a blanket, Kyodo news agency said. He was conscious and his blood pressure and pulse were stable.

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Student from Japan finds family alive on YouTube

Akiko Kosaka, a student from Japan attending the University of California at Riverside, had lost all hope for her family in Minami Sanriku, the fishing village where more than half of the 17,000 residents are missing and feared dead in the aftermath of last week’s tsunami.

For three days, she scoured the Internet. She received one e-mail that her youngest sister, Yukako, 13, was likely safe in her middle school’s shelter. But what about her parents, paternal grandparents and older sister, who all lived under the same roof?

When the mayor was quoted in the media as saying he barely survived the tsunami, Kosaka thought the worst, because her father’s pharmacy was located near the town hall.

"I didn’t think they survived," Kosaka, 20, told CNN during a tearful interview Tuesday. "I cried for three days — Friday, Saturday, Sunday."

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Death Toll Rises as Japan Rushes to Save Survivors

Japan on Saturday mobilized a nationwide rescue effort to pluck survivors from collapsed buildings and rush food and water to thousands in an earthquake and tsunami zone under siege, without water, electricity, heat or telephone service.

Entire villages in parts of Japan’s northern Pacific coast have vanished under a wall of water, many communities are cut off, and a nuclear emergency was unfolding near two stricken reactors as Japanese tried to absorb the scale of the destruction after Friday’s powerful earthquake and devastating tsunami.

Japanese news media estimates of the death toll ranged between 1,300 and 1,700, but the total could well rise. Many communities were scrambling to find the missing; in the port town of Minamisanriku, nearly 10,000 people were still unaccounted for, according to the public broadcaster NHK. Much of the northeast was impassible and by late Saturday, rescuers had not arrived in the worst-hit areas. More than 300,000 people have been evacuated, with 90,000 fleeing the zone around the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Kyodo News reported.

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