Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

3 dead after quake hits Osaka in western Japan

3 dead after quake hits Osaka in western Japan

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A strong natural disaster shook the city of Osaka in western Japan, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses.

It set off multiple building fires and toppled walls.

Two elderly men and one 9-year-old girl died after being hit by collapsing walls and furniture, according to the Japan Times. Public broadcaster NHK said that in addition to the dead, more than 230 people were injured. "Almost all of the dishes fell and shattered on the floor", said Kaori Iwakiri, a 50-year-old nurse in Moriguchi, just north of Osaka city.

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Two elderly men and a 9-year-old girl were died from collapsing walls and furniture.

At least three people have died and more than 40 others were injured after a powerful quake shook the Japanese coastal city of Osaka during the morning rush hour on Monday.

The quake, measuring a magnitude 5.9 and a lower 6 on the Japanese seismic scale to 7, hit at 7:58 a.m. and was centered in northern Osaka Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said. The agency originally put the magnitude at 5.9 but later raised it to 6.1. The government confirmed two of the deaths.

Osaka prefecture, which includes the city and surrounding areas, has a population of 8.8 million.

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The Japanese government had not received reports of major damage as of 8:30 a.m., spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Railway services in Osaka, Shiga, Kyoto and Nara, both high speed bullet trains and local rail services, were halted.

The natural disaster reminded many in Japan of the magnitude 7.3 Hanshin-Kobe quake in 1995 that killed more than 6,000 in the region. There were no reports of abnormalities at its nuclear plants in the region. Production at the Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota vehicle plants was stopped when the quake hit.

No irregularities were detected at the Mihama, Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants to the north of Osaka, Kansai Electric Power said.

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