Three dead, dozens injured after 6.1 magnitude quake around Osaka, Japan


At least three people were killed and more than 200 injured after a strong quake rocked Osaka in western Japan during the morning rush hour on Monday (Jun 18).

Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an quake in western Japan.

Live footage showed burst water mains and a house on fire after the quake hit Japan's second-biggest metropolis in the morning (2300 GMT Sunday) as commuters were heading to work.

The quake also affected the cities of Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, and Shiga.

Two elderly men and a 9-year-old girl were died from collapsing walls and furniture. An 80-year-old man in Osaka City also died after a wall fell on him.

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The magnitude 6.1 quake struck north of Osaka city Monday shortly after 8 a.m.

A police officer stands guard at the site where a girl was killed by fallen wall caused by an natural disaster at an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.

The victims, who have yet to be named, were described as being in a state of "cardiopulmonary arrest" - a term Japanese media use until doctors have conducted formal examinations.

The train and subway service in and around Osaka, including the bullet train to Tokyo, was suspended while checks were made.

The quake knocked over walls, broke windows and set off scattered building fires. Centered inland from the port city, the quake did not cause a tsunami.

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The Kansai region is one of Japan's main manufacturing heartlands, home to companies including Panasonic Corp., Nintendo Co. and Keyence Corp, and a major quake has always been feared in the area.

No abnormalities were reported at the Takahama, Mihama and Oi nuclear plants in central Japan, according to Kansai Electric.

Senior government officials are gathering for an emergency meeting at the Prime Minister's office, broadcaster NHK reported. In 1995, a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster killed more than 6,000 people when it struck in neighboring Kobe.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake's epicentre was just 10 kilometres deep, resulting in high-intensity tremors.

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