Osaka quake kills 3 in western Japan, injures dozens

Published on : Monday, June 18, 2018

Osaka-quakeA strong earthquake in Japan knocked down walls and triggered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western part of Japan on Monday morning claiming at least three lives and injuring dozens.

The Osaka prefectural government’s disaster management department said that two people were found dead while the Ibaraki city official confirmed a third victim. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency mentioned that over 90 were injured in Osaka and nearby prefectures of Kyoto and Hyogo.

One of the victims was a 9-year-old girl was knocked down by a concrete wall at her elementary school as he was walking by.

Another victim was a man in his 80s who died while a concrete wall collapsed in Osaka city. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died after a bookshelf fell on top of him at home as per city officials. Several homes and buildings including a major hospital.

It temporarily went without power.

Electricity was restored at most places by mid afternoon. The magnitude of the quake was 6.1 shortly after 8 a.m. north of Osaka at a depth of nearly 8 miles according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The strongest shaking was north of Osaka but then the quake shook large portions of western Japan including Kyoto, said the agency.

The earthquake knocked over walls, broke windows and set off scattered building fires. It toppled book shelves in homes and scattered goods on shop floors. It also cracked roads and broke water pipes, leaving home without water.

This led to widespread disruption of morning commute as dozens of domestic flights in and out of Osaka were grounded and train and subway service in the Osaka area including the bullet train were suspended to check for damage.

Passengers were seen exiting trains on the tracks between stations.

Some subway services started to resume in the afternoon.

The earthquake reminded many in Japan of the magnitude 7.3 Hanshin-Kobe quake in 1995 that killed more than 6,000 in the region. Monday’s quake also followed a series of smaller quakes near Tokyo in recent weeks.





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