Japanese tsunami survivor found after 8 days news not true, evacuee instead

By on Mar 19, 2011 in Asia, Natural Disasters Comments

An earlier news report on Saturday about a Japanese tsunami survivor for 8 days was proven not true, as the man was confirmed to be an evacuee instead, Kyodo News reported.



Katsuharu Moriya rescued
Image Credit: nhk.or.jp/nhkworld

According to some morning news reports on Saturday, March 19, 2011, a Japanese man named Katsuharu Moriya was found alive by rescuers in a partially damaged building in Kesennuma city (Miyagi prefecture), eight days after the earthquake-tsunami hit Japan.

The man was said to be in his mid 20s and seemed to be weak, was immediately brought to the nearest hospital for treatment, but authorities could not determined how long he was trapped.

“He has no visible injuries but he was in such shock that he was unable to speak,” Defense Forces spokesman Hiroyuki Nakayama told the reports, as the man was found lying.

It was learned later that the man had escaped safely from his place during the mega tsunami and stayed in one of the evacuation centers nearby.

But apparently, Moriya went back to his home on Friday noon to clean up mess and to get things that might still be saved, as revealed by his family to local news. He fell asleep inside his ruined house when rescuers found him later.

Meanwhile, there had been confirmed reports of tsunami survival stories including that of a 4-month old baby girl and a wounded dog that was not left behind by another Japanese dog.



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