Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Japan natural disaster: Child and two men dead and hundreds injured

Japan natural disaster: Child and two men dead and hundreds injured

Thee people have been confirmed dead after a magnitude-6.1 quake struck Osaka and neighboring prefectures at 7:58 a.m. on Monday.

The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck around 8 a.m. about 6 miles underground, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Rina Miyake, a 9-year-old girl, died on her way to school after a wall several dozens of meters long around a swimming pool collapsed in Takatsuki.

The Japan Meteorological Agency measured the tremor at 6.1, which struck at 7.58am as people crowded into train stations for their daily commute.

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

Pictures circulating on social media showed electronic train announcement boards that had collapsed onto the platform at one local station, and broken glass at a ticket counter.

Officials also said its focus was 13 kilometers below the surface in northern Osaka Prefecture.

The quake knocked over walls, broke windows and set off scattered building fires.

The magnitude 6.1 quake near the major city of Osaka killed three people, toppled concrete walls and store shelves and temporarily knocked out some power and water supplies.

Damage inside a home in Osaka, Japan, after the natural disaster struck.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters the government was "working united, with its first priority on saving people's lives". Most of the injured were in Osaka - Japan's No. 2 city bustling with businesses.

Gas supply to 108,000 households was cut off by Osaka Gas following the quake which also brought a halt to train traffic in the area, before operations slowly resumed hours later.

Automakers Honda Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. unit Daihatsu all stopped production at plants in the region.

Monday's quake caused fires to break out in the residential Takatsuki City district, while there have been reports of flooding due to burst water pipes.

Singaporean Benny Tong, who is in Osaka to visit his fiancee and her family, said he felt "intense rattling" for about 20 seconds before the quake.

"It was so terrifying because this is my first quake".

Kate Kilpatrick, visiting Japan for the first time from the United States, said alarms went off nearly immediately in the Osaka hotel she was staying and a loudspeaker told guests to stay away from windows.

A massive magnitude 9.0 quake hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, triggering a huge tsunami that killed some 18,000 people and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter of a century at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

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