Japanese woman survives Turkey quake

Japanese woman travels to Ankara for medical treatment after surviving under rubble for five hours after an earthquake in Turkey.

November 11, 2011 15:32
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Rescue workers in Turkey.

Disaster Turkey earthquake 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Evrim Aydin)


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Japanese aid worker and earthquake survivor Miyuki Konnai is flown to Ankara for medical treatment after suffering complications.

She was taken for treatment at Ataturk State hospital a day after being rescued from the rubble of a collapsed hotel in Van.

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Konnai had come to Van, a city in the remote east of Turkey, along with other Japanese aid workers to help survivors of a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 23 that killed more than 600 people and left thousands of families homeless.

The Bayram Hotel where she was staying was so damaged by that quake that when a smaller 5.7 tremor struck on Wednesday night, the five-story building came tumbling down.

Trapped under the rubble after an earthquake brought down the hotel she was staying in, Konnai had more to worry about than her fear of the dark, but a "ray of light" from her laptop helped her survive the ordeal.

At least 12 people died in the latest quake to hit Van city, including compatriot Atsushi Miyazaki, a doctor who had been helping the stricken community.

Konnai, a slightly built 32-year-old woman, was still conscious when she was dug out after waiting in the rubble for five hours.

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