21 Mar '11, 11am

A teenager who was pulled out from the rubble 9 days after the March 11 earthquake describes the ordeal

A teenager who was pulled out from the rubble 9 days after the March 11 earthquake describes the ordeal

16-year-old survivor Jin Abe lies in a hospital bed talking to the media at the Ishinomaki red Cross hospital in Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture. -- PHOTO: AFP OSAKA - A TEENAGER rescued from the rubble of Japan's monster earthquake in a rare feat of survival recounted on Monday spending nine days trapped inside the wreckage unable to alert rescuers outside. Jin Abe and his 80-year-old grandmother Sumi Abe were in the kitchen on the top floor of a two-storey wooden house when the 9.0-magnitude tremor struck on March 11, unleashing a massive tsunami that flattened entire cities. The building collapsed with both inside but the 16-year-old was able to reach blankets, food and drink, helping them survive for more than a week, huddled together to keep warm. 'We found some water and snacks, so we ate them,' he said on Monday from his hospital bed in the devastated coastal c...

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