Strong quake hits Osaka in western Japan

A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka on Monday morning. (Yosuke Mizuno  Kyodo

Strong Quake Rattles Japan's Osaka, Causes No Major Damage

At least two people, including a child, were killed on Monday, after a strong quake rocked the second city of Osaka during the morning rush hour, Japan's government said. The Japanese meteorological agency originally put the quake's magnitude at 5.9 but later raised it to 6.1.

Pictures circulating on social media showed electronic train announcement boards that had collapsed onto the platform at one local station, and broken glass at a ticket counter.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the earthquake's epicentre was just 10 kilometres deep, resulting in high-intensity tremors.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported the girl was on her way to school at the time.

Some areas in Osaka are reportedly experiencing power shortage.

NHK showed footage of firefighters tackling a blaze that ripped through a home north of Osaka. Many of local train services in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hyogo prefectures have been halted due to the quake.

A crack is filled with water on a road after water pipes were broken following an earthquake in Takatsuki city Osaka western Japan Monday

The natural disaster, 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. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died when a bookshelf fell on him at home, city officials say.

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. At 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) it was relatively shallow, and caused heavy shaking that registered a lower 6 on the Japanese scale of 7.

The morning commute was disrupted as train and subway service in the Osaka area including the bullet train were suspended to check for damage to equipment.

It also sent three reactors into meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing Japan's worst postwar disaster and the most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.

Train guide electric boards tilt following an quake at Ibaraki-shi Station in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. "I thought it was a nightmare because I was so confused", she said.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it had detected no problems at any of the region's atomic power plants.

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