Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

3 confirmed dead in powerful Osaka quake

3 confirmed dead in powerful Osaka quake

It set off multiple building fires and toppled walls.

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

Japanese disaster authorities say at least three people have been found dead and 41 others have been injured by an quake in western Japan.

There were no immediate reports of major damage and no tsunami warning was issued after the powerful quake, which stranded commuters and left tens of thousands without power.

Trains in the area were halted as a precaution, public broadcaster NHK said.

A magnitude 6.1 natural disaster shook Osaka, Japan's second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday morning, killing three people, halting factory lines in a key industrial area and bursting water mains, government officials and broadcaster NHK 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 on her in Takatsuki, while Minoru Yasui, an 80-year-old resident of Osaka's Higashiyodogawa Ward, was killed after a wall collapsed over him.

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The government confirmed two of the deaths.

The magnitude 6.1 natural disaster struck the city of Osaka and the surrounding area Monday about 8 a.m.

The weather agency warned that a strong quake with a similar size could jolt the Osaka region within a week, but dismissed concerns that Monday's temblor could trigger a megaquake that is projected to occur in the future off western Japan with massive tsunami.

The 5.3 magnitude quake shook Osaka, on Japan's main Honshu Island, around 8 a.m. Monday local time (7 p.m. Sunday ET) according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

A number of train services were suspended, including the "shinkansen" bullet train. Daihatsu Motor Co, a unit of Toyota Motor Corp, stopped its factories in Osaka and Kyoto while it checked for damage. The city is close to Kobe, which was hit by a deadly magnitude 6.9 quake in 1995.

Senior government officials are gathering for an emergency meeting at the Prime Minister's office, broadcaster NHK reported.

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