(ANSA) – TOKYO, 20 MAR – A man over 80 years old in Japan was rescued 36 hours after being trapped in his home following the 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday evening. This was reported by the authorities involved in the rescue, in Miyagi prefecture, saying that the man fell to the ground during the earthquake that occurred at 23:36 local time, without being able to get up later.
The alarm went off Friday morning after a neighbor visited the house to check on his health, and found the door locked from the inside, thus contacting the police. The firefighters managed to enter through a window on the second floor of the house, and found the elderly man lying on the floor still conscious, and without sustaining any serious injuries. “If we hadn’t received the alarm we wouldn’t have even realized that there was a man who was fighting for survival,” the fire chief told the media. The toll from the earthquake of February 16 was 3 dead and nearly 200 injured. The earthquake, which lasted about two minutes, caused temporary power cuts to over 2 million homes in 9 prefectures of the archipelago, as well as widespread critical issues in public transport and industrial plants. (HANDLE).