21 Mar '11, 11am

Teenage quake survivor describes nine-day ordeal

OSAKA: A teenager rescued from the rubble of Japan's monster earthquake in a rare feat of survival recounted 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. Public broadcaster NHK reported that the house had been shifted about 100 metres by the giant wave while they were inside. But the 16-year-old was able to reach blankets, food and drink in the wreckage of the building, 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 city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture. "We heard peop...

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