22 Mar '11, 5am

Japanese woman, 86, says 'destiny' helped her survive 3 major tsunamis in her lifetime

Japanese woman, 86, says 'destiny' helped her survive 3 major tsunamis in her lifetime

Teru Suzuki, 86, holds a picture of her son Kazuo who died in a tsunami in 1960 as she tells her story at her home which was destroyed by the recent tsunami in Ofunato. -- PHOTO: REUTERS OFUNATO (Japan) - TERU Suzuki, 86, says only 'destiny' kept her alive after last week's magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered the third big tsunami in her lifetime to level her quiet fishing town in north-eastern Japan. Mrs Suzuki is one of a handful of elderly people in the area who have rebuilt lives after a magnitude 8.1 quake in 1933, a tsunami from the magnitude 9.5 Great Chilean earthquake in 1960 and a naval attack in the last days of World War Two. Relaxing in her living room when the latest earthquake struck, she didn't think much of the tsunami warning on television until her son, who had climbed up a hill to check the coast, ran back to tell her that a huge wave was coming. Hand in...

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