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Man pulled from rubble after 8 days

Military search teams have pulled a young man from a crushed house eight days after an earthquake and tsunami wrecked northeast Japan.

A military official said the young man was rescued on Saturday from the rubble in Kesennuma, a city in one of the most devastated areas.

The official said the man was transferred to a nearby hospital, but he is too weak to talk.

Kyodo, the Japanese news agency, said the man was in his 20s.

The rescue is the latest and one of the few after the disaster, as the power of the tsunami, triggered by the magnitude-9 earthquake, probably pulled many people out to sea.

The National Police Agency has raised the death toll for the quake and tsunami to 7,197 - exceeding the deaths from the 1995 Kobe earthquake. Another 10,905 were reported missing, the police agency said.

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