Monday saw the discovery of a 90-year-old woman who had been buried under debris for five days after an earthquake struck Suzu, Japan.
Per US Today, the woman was buried beneath the debris for almost 125 hours.
The woman, whose identity is still unknown, was confined to a small area that separated her home’s first and second floors. She was admitted to the hospital after sustaining various wounds, including injuries to her legs and knees.
It’s remarkable because, as one emergency rescue team member put it, “this is a very rare case, as it is the rescue of a person alive quite a long time after an earthquake.”
Furthermore,At the same spot, rescuers discovered a woman in her 40s who was experiencing cardiac arrest, according to local TV outlets.
According to a statement made by Inaba Mototaka, a physician with the nonprofit organization Peace Winds Japan, if someone is in warm weather and has access to water after 72 hours, their chances of surviving are increased.
The powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Monday, along with the landslides and aftershocks that followed, have so far claimed 126 lives, injured over 500, and left 200 more missing.
The rain and snow are making rescue operations tough. Authorities fear that roads with existing cracks may totally collapse, making it more difficult to transport relief.