Video: Baby Rescued From Rubble After Japan Earthquake; Officials Say More Than 800 Injured
At least 860 people have been injured, 53 of them seriously, said government chief spokesman Yoshihide Suga, while the Kumamoto prefecture counted 784 injured.
Officials said nine people died, eight of them were from Mashiki, a small town near the epicenter of the 6.5-magnitude quake. The dead include five women and four men, said the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. One of the victims who died was a man in his 20s, and the others ranged from their 50s to a woman in her 90s.
The video shows an 8-month-old baby girl carried out of the rubble by rescue workers. According to NBC News, officials said the child was rescued at 3:45 a.m., local time, six hours after the family called emergency services.
She was stuck under cross beams from the home’s roof, which miraculously protected her. A team of about 50 people worked to dig the baby out, according to Nippon TV.
About 44,000 people stayed in shelters overnight. News reports on TV showed troops delivering blankets and adult diapers to victims in shelters.
There were reports of more than 100 aftershocks after the earthquake shook the region. A video shows people panicking during a strong aftershock. There were also fires caused by the quake.
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Suga said 1,600 soldiers had joined the relief and rescue efforts. However, the numerous aftershocks kept people from starting to clean up the destruction left by the initial quake. Suga said water service was shut down in some areas, leading people to haul water from local offices to their homes to flush toilets.
Video from Japan’s NHK shows moment M6.4 quake struck Kumamoto at 9:26pm local time. pic.twitter.com/nx5bRflgHh
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“Everyone in Kumamoto is still in a panic,” said Yuichiro Yoshikado, who was in the hardest-hit town of Mashiki.
He said he was taking a bath when the earthquake happened.
“It’s as if all control was lost, I thought I was going to die and I couldn’t bear it any longer,” he said.
Yoshikado, whose building was surprisingly not damaged, was checking the destruction at his aunt and uncle’s home nearby.
Authorities said there were no abnormalities at nearby nuclear facilities.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.