Tokyo: Rescuers dramatically pulled a baby girl from a collapsed house early today more than six hours after a swarm of powerful earthquakes rocked southwestern Japan and left nine people dead. Video footage provided by the National Police Agency showed the tiny pink pyjama-clad baby gently carried away in a blanket by helmeted rescuers from the rubble of the home.
The girl, whose name has not been made public, reportedly did not suffer any injuries. Pic/National Police Agency
The rescue of the eight-month-old girl came in the Kumamoto prefectural town of Mashiki, the locale hardest hit by the 6.5-magnitude quake that struck on Thursday night.
The girl, whose name has not been made public, reportedly did not suffer any injuries. The child’s mother, grandfather, grandmother, and older brother were in the living room and kitchen of the home as she slept in another room on the first floor when the quake shook the southern island of Kyushu, the Mainichi Shimbun daily reported.
The family members, who all managed to escape, tried to rescue the baby but the house collapsed, the paper said. But a 50-member rescue team managed to pull her safely from the rubble, Kyodo News reported.
A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck southern Japan yesterday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region and killed nine people. The quake shook the Kumamoto region at 1.25 am, and several aftershocks soon followed. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 12 kilometres northwest of Thursday’s, and at a depth of about 10 kilometres. The quake was more shallow.