2 feared dead, others hurt after quake hits Osaka, Japan

An elderly man and a young girl were killed, with several other people also in "cardiopulmonary arrest", after walls collapsed in a magnitude-6.1 natural disaster that hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday, public broadcaster NHK said.

No tsunami warning was issued. At least 200 people have been injured, Kyodo News reported.

Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga confirmed the deaths of a child and a man, and said a third person was also feared dead in the quake.

Quakes are common in Japan, which is part of the "Ring of Fire" that comes from the South Pacific islands through Indonesia and Japan.

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 5.3-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 15.4 kilometers (10 miles) at 7:58 am (2258 GMT Sunday) near Osaka, according to the United States Geological Survey. It said it would resume operations at the Osaka plant on Monday evening. Osaka-based Panasonic said it was halting production at two of its plants - one that produces lighting devices and another for projectors.

Among the casualties was a nine-year-old girl who died in the city of Takatsuki north of Osaka, reportedly trapped by a collapsed wall following the 5.3-magnitude quake. Another man in his 80s was killed when a bookcase fell on him.

A police officer stands guard at the site where a girl was killed by fallen wall caused by an natural disaster at an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.


"It was so terrifying because this is my first quake".

"The psychological impact is something I'm slightly anxious about at this point", Nishino said before Monday afternoon's training session. "The whole world was aggressively shaking".

Kilpatrick, visiting Japan for the first time from the United States, said alarms went off nearly immediately in the hotel and a loudspeaker told guests to stay away from windows. Meteorological agency officials warned of strong aftershocks in the area, urging residents to stay away from damaged structures.

Passengers from a train walk along railroad tracks following an natural disaster in Osaka on June 18, 2018.

Footage on national broadcaster NHK showed flooding from burst underground water pipes, train passengers forced to exit along train lines, and schoolchildren gathering outside in precautionary evacuations.

The epicenter of the 6.1-magnitude quake was just north of Osaka at a depth of 13 kilometers.

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.

No irregularities were reported at Kansai Electric's Oi, Takahama and Mihama nuclear power stations in Fukui Prefecture, and at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga nuclear plant, also in Fukui, according to the operators.


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