Japan Earthquake 2011: 'Miracle' Rescue Stories and How to Help


A four-month-old girl who had been swept from her parents’ arms in the shattered village of Ishinomaki when the deadly wave crashed into the family home was pulled unharmed from the rubble three days later.


Hiromitsu Shinkawa, 60, was rescued Sunday about 10 miles out to sea, sitting atop a roof that the tsunami knocked off his home two days earlier. He told rescuers that he and his wife had returned home shortly after the 8.9-magnitude quake to pick up some belongings when the tsunami slammed the city of Minamisoma.


Ayumi Osuga was practicing origami with her three children, aged 2 to 6, in their single-story home in the coastal city of Sendai (pictured) when the ground started to shake. Then Osuga’s husband called. “Get out of there now!” he yelled. Chilled by the brusque warning, the 24-year-old factory worker quickly gathered her children into the car and fled to a hilltop home belonging to her husband’s family 12 miles away. Though her home was destroyed, Osuga knows she is lucky to be alive. “My family, my children … I have come to realize what is important in life,” she said.


Pescuers pulled Sai Abe, a 70-year-old woman, from her toppled home in the port town of Otsuchi (pictured) Tuesday, four days after an earthquake-spurred tsunami tossed the house off its foundation in Japan’s northeast.


Japanese naval and coastguard helicopters found a ship that was swept out to sea by a massive tsunami and successfully airlifted all 81 people aboard to safety, Jiji Press reported.


A man was pulled from the rubble 96 hours after the earthquake struck.



Japan faced one of the worst natural disasters ever in their history. they really need help, for those of you who want to help Japan please find the following links:

Save The Children

The Red Cross

Mercy Corps

Medical Teams

Medecins Sans



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