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70-Year-Old Woman Found Alive 4 Days After Tsunami

SOMA, Japan - Rescuers in Japan have found a 70-year-old woman alive four days after a deadly earthquake and tsunami rocked the nation.

Osaka fire department spokesman Yuko Kotani says the woman was found inside her house that was washed away by the tsunami in northeastern Japan's Iwate prefecture.

The rescuers from Osaka, in western Japan, were sent to the area for disaster relief.

Kotani said the woman was conscious but suffering from hypothermia and is being treated at a hospital. She would not give the woman's name.

Her rescue was a rare bit of good news for Japanese traumatized by the disaster.

Hundreds of foreign rescue workers are assisting quake and tsunami victims but the United Nations does not plan to mount a bigger relief operation unless requested, U.N. aid officials said on Monday.

Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami killed more than 10,000 people, plunged millions into misery and pummeled the world's third-largest economy.

Some 70 countries have offered assistance in an outpouring of solidarity with Japan, with help coming not only from allies like the United States but also countries with more strained relations like China, and even from the Afghan city of Kandahar.

"We have offered our Japanese friends whatever assistance is needed, as America will stand with Japan as they recover and rebuild," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

He said two U.S. urban search-and-rescue teams, with 144 staff and 12 dogs, had begun work at first light on Monday looking for people trapped in the rubble.

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