3 killed as 5.9-magnitude natural disaster rocks Japan's Osaka

18 June, 2018, 10:53 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Strong Quake Rattles Japan's Osaka, Causes No Major Damage

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.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed the government agencies to "swiftly collect information on damage, make utmost efforts in rescuing and saving lives".

A water-filled crack on a road after water pipes were broken due to an quake is seen in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 40 were injured in Osaka and nearby prefectures of Hyogo and Kyoto.

"It was not as bad as the Kobe quake", he told the Associated Press from Osaka.

Magnitude 6.1 quake kills three, stops factories in Japan's Osaka area.

Public broadcaster NHK said an 80-year-old man had also been killed by a collapsing wall and another man trapped under a bookcase in his home.

Strong Quake Rattles Japan's Osaka, Causes No Major Damage
Three dead, dozens injured after 6.1 magnitude earthquake around Osaka, Japan

In 2016, there was a 6.2 tremor two days before a 7 magnitude quake which caused injuries and damage in southern Kumamoto.

Sharp Corp said its directly owned plants in the area were operating as usual, but a joint venture plant with parent Hon Hai Precision Industry said it had halted operations for safety checks.

Honda Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors said they were resuming operations after temporary suspensions and safety checks.

The unnamed 9-year-old girl was found at a school, local media reported. "We were sleeping and it woke us up abruptly", Kate Kilpatrick, who was staying in a hotel in Osaka, told Reuters. I thought it was a nightmare because I was so confused.

Many homes and buildings, including a major hospital, were temporarily without power, though electricity was restored at most places by mid afternoon.

Monday's natural disaster was of a relatively low magnitude, but registered up to a lower-6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 0 to 7. Vehicle makers Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Daihatsu all stopped production at plants in the region.


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