Magnitude 6.1 natural disaster in Osaka, Japan, kills three and injures 200

Magnitude 6.1 natural disaster in Osaka, Japan, kills three and injures 200

Magnitude 6.1 natural disaster in Osaka, Japan, kills three and injures 200

Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris on Monday after a powerful quake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city of commerce, killing three people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.

A nine-year old girl killed by a falling wall at her school was one of three confirmed fatalities.

Shunsuke Kosaka, an Osaka government official, told AFP an evacuation advisory had been issued to 12 households as it was forecast to rain in the region, possibly triggering landslides.

Shinkansen high-speed train services were briefly halted between Maibara and Shin-Osaka stations on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line of Central Japan Railway Co., or JR Tokai, and between Shin-Osaka and Okayama stations on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line of West Japan Railway Co. The agency originally put the magnitude at 5.9 but later raised it to 6.1.

Japan's soccer team, on the eve of their opening World Cup match in Russian Federation, sent their condolences to those affected by Monday's quake in Osaka, and coach Akira Nishino said some players were anxious about family in the area.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed signs at a train station that had fallen down and books thrown off shelves at a store.

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Most trains in the Osaka area were still not running by late afternoon, police said.

Television images showed buildings swaying and burst pipes spewing water after the quake, which struck at the height of rush hour in the city of around two million.

All trains and subways across Osaka city were halted, and the bullet train that links Osaka to Tokyo was stopped.

A man in his 80s died in the collapse of a concrete wall in Osaka city.

Some 170,000 houses were left without power and gas supplies to more than 100,000 homes were stopped, the Japan Times reported.

The quake also hit several key industrial areas near Osaka with companies like Panasonic and Daihatsu saying they were suspending production at their affected sites.

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A crack is filled with water on a road after water pipes were broken following an natural disaster in Takatsuki city, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018.

The quake logged lower 6 in Kita Ward in the city of Osaka, and in Hirakata and Minoo, as well as Takatsuki and Ibaraki, all in Osaka Prefecture. At a shrine in Kyoto, stone lanterns broke and collapsed to the ground. The epicentre of Monday's quake, which the JMA said occurred at a depth of 13km, was about an hour to the north of the main entertainment district of Dotonbori.

Defence troops joined rescue and relief operations in parts of Osaka, along with special vehicles to deliver clean drinking water.

Officials warn that rain and landslides could still cause additional damage in areas destabilized by the natural disaster.

"At this point we have information that two people died", he told reporters, adding that 20 people had been injured.

The natural disaster reminded numerous magnitude 7.3 Hanshin-Kobe quake in 1995 that killed more than 6000 people in the region. Monday's quake also followed a series of smaller quakes near Tokyo in recent weeks. He said his wife ducked under a table and elevators in his office building were out of operation.

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