Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

3 confirmed dead in western Japan quake

3 confirmed dead in western Japan quake

Public broadcaster NHK and private station TV Asahi both reported "several" deaths, with the Kyodo news agency saying a nine-year-old girl had been trapped by a damaged wall in a swimming facility north of Osaka city.

A lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 was registered in Kita Ward, Osaka as well as Takatsuki, Hirakata, Ibaraki and Minoo in the prefecture.

The 5.3-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 15.4km at 7.58 am (6.58am Singapore time) near Osaka, according to the United States Geological Survey. The strongest shaking was in an area north of Osaka city, the agency said. The initial strength of the quake was measured at 5.9.

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A strong natural disaster knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, and at least two people were feared dead. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says there were no reports of major damage as of 8:30 a.m.

The operation of bullet trains running through the prefecture was suspended following the quake but service was resumed shortly afterward after no safety problems were detected.

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