Russian rescuers begin work in Japan’s quake-hit Niigata

Russian rescuers completed work in Japan’s quake-ravaged Sendai and moved for search of people to another disaster-hit city, Niigata, a Far Eastern emergencies service department said on Sunday.

“It was decided on March 18 to send Russian rescue groups to Niigata. On Saturday, rescuers were setting up a camp and preparing equipment after their relocation. As of now, they have already begun searching for people,” a spokesman for the emergencies ministry’s Far Eastern department, Sergei Viktorov, said.

In Sendai, he said, Russian rescuers recovered 100 bodies from debris, adding that “unfortunately, we have not found any survivors yet.”

So far, over 160 Russian specialists are involved in rescue efforts in Japan.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan on March 11, leaving some 7,200 dead and 11,000 missing, according to most recent updates.

Aftershocks continue to rattle the area. Three 5.0-magnitude tremors were registered in the area on Friday morning, followed by 4.8- and 4.9-magnitude aftershocks. No tsunami warning was issued.

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