3 confirmed dead in powerful Osaka quake

Charlene Craig
June 18, 2018

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

The main gate of Myotokuji, a Buddhist temple in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, which collapsed after a powerful quake hit the western Japan prefecture and its vicinity Monday.

A strong quake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan this morning, killing at least three people and injuring dozens.

Top Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Monday confirmed the deaths of a child and a man, and said a third person was also feared dead in the quake.

A 9-year-old girl was killed by a falling concrete wall at her school, and the two other fatalities were men in their 80s.

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 Japan Meteorological Agency warned residents of Osaka and surrounding prefectures June 18 to brace for strong aftershocks over the coming week following the magnitude-6.1 natural disaster that rocked the region around the morning commute.

Media reported she had been trapped when a wall collapsed on her at school following the 6.1-magnitude quake. Books were thrown off the shelves at a store.

The shake up also caused ruptures in paved roads, creating large sinkholes that were flooded by water.

A number of train services were suspended, including the "shinkansen" bullet train, as multiple smaller aftershocks followed the quake.

Passengers from a train walk along railroad tracks following an natural disaster in Osaka on June 18, 2018.

In the hours following, more than 170,000 homes remained without power in Osaka, while almost 700 Hyogo households were left in the dark, Kansai Electric Power Company told NHK.

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JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. said a refinery in Osaka Prefecture operated by one of its subsidiaries suspended production and shipments.

Gas has been cut off to more than 100,000 households in Osaka, while some 170,000 houses in Osaka and neighbouring Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures are left without power.

Some subway service resumed in the afternoon, but train stations remained crowded with passengers waiting for trains to restart, many of them sitting on the floor.

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

On Mar 11, 2011, a devastating magnitude 9.0 quake struck under the Pacific Ocean, and the resulting tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives. "I used the stairs but I was out of breath by the time I arrived at my office on the 20th floor".

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