Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Japan quake: Death toll climbs after 6.1 temblor strikes Osaka

Japan quake: Death toll climbs after 6.1 temblor strikes Osaka

Authorities in western Japan say the number of people treated for injuries suffered in a strong natural disaster Monday morning now exceeds 210.

The quake, measuring a magnitude 6.1, left a trail of destruction in its wake after striking the northern part of Osaka Prefecture during a Monday morning rush hour.

Buildings shook, factories stopped, train services were suspended and airports nearby were forced to close as the 6.1 magnitude quake damaged infrastructure across the city.

A falling concrete wall knocked down and killed Rina Miyake as she walked at her elementary school in Takatsuki.

Local officials told AFP that the other two dead were an 80-year-old man - killed by a collapsing wall - and a 84-year-old man trapped under a bookcase in his home.

Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an quake in western Japan.

Myotokuji temple is destroyed by an quake registering a weak 6 on the Japanese seismic scale in Ibaraki City, the north side of Osaka Prefecture on June 18, 2018.

Transport was disrupted and trains stopped amid power outages during the morning commute as the natural disaster struck at 8.a.m. local time (23.00 Sunday, UTC) at a depth of about 13 kilometers (8.1 miles).

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

"Though most public transport was still paralysed, buses were working".

A strong quake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses.

Despite having a relatively low magnitude, the quake caused quite a shake, registering a lower six on the Japanese experiential scale of up to seven, meaning it is hard to stay standing. "There are fears that the risk of house collapses and landslides has increased in the areas shaken strongly", said Toshiyuki Matsumori of the country's meteorological agency. "Almost all of the dishes fell and shattered on the floor", Kaori Iwakiri, a 50-year-old nurse in Moriguchi - just north of Osaka city - said.

Multiple small aftershocks followed the quake, prompting warnings from an official of Japan's meteorological agency to remain on guard. "I was very scared", said 64-year-old Katsufumi Abe, who was at JR Osaka Station on his way to Kyoto.

It has a population of 2.7 million and is Japan's second-largest city.

Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities had been detected at the Mihama, Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants after the quake.

No abnormalities have been reported at 15 nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture.

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