8-Month-Old Saved From Under Japan Quake Debris

She was reunited with her parents after 6 hours in a protected cavity
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2016 7:16 AM CDT
8-Month-Old Saved From Under Japan Quake Debris
In this image made from video provided by Kumamoto Prefectural Police, Miku Nishimura, the 8-month-old baby in a blanket, is carried away after being rescued from her home, collapsed by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake in Mashiki town in Japan early Friday.   (Kumamoto Prefectural Police via AP)

As rescuers scramble to find survivors in the debris after Thursday's 6.5-magnitude earthquake in southern Japan, a bit of encouraging news at the site of a collapsed home, per CBS News: An unharmed 8-month-old baby was yanked from the rubble and given back to her parents after a six-hour rescue effort.

NBC News reports that the infant was sleeping on the first floor of a home in Mashiki when the temblor struck; her mom, brother, and grandparents were said to be in the kitchen and living room. Per Nippon TV, roof crossbeams that fell around the baby formed a pocket that kept her safe. ("I thought I was going to die," another survivor tells the AP.)

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