Japan earthquake and tsunami: narrow escapes

Some 30,000 people have been rescued as search operations continue following Japan's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11. Amazing stories of survival and hope are still emerging. Here are just a few examples:

1. Teen and grandmother found in rubble, alive after nine-days

When the earthquake struck, Jin Abe and his 80-year-old grandmother Sumi Abe were in the kitchen on the top floor of a two-storey wooden house.
The building collapsed trapping both inside, but the 16-year-old said he was able to reach blankets, food, and drink, helping them survive for about 10 days.
"We found some water and snacks, so we ate them," he said on Monday from his hospital bed in the devastated coastal city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture.
"We heard people outside but we couldn't escape," he told reporters. The teen explained that he and his grandmother had huddled together to keep warm, but were unable to stand up or walk around.
On Sunday he managed to dig out from some of the rubble and call out to rescue teams searching the earthquake and tsunami zone. Rescuers heard him and grandmother and teen were airlifted to hospital.

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