2 feared dead after quake hits Osaka in western Japan

18 Juin, 2018, 14:29 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

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No tsunami warning has been issued. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said authorities were assessing damage and their top priority was the safety of residents.

At least 214 people were hurt, according to Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

The quake caused partial building collapses, building fires and toppled walls A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s were the reported dead.

At 7:58 a.m. Monday, June 18 a magnitude 6.1 quake hit Osaka, Japan at a depth of 10km (6.2mi). The agency originally put the quake's magnitude at 5.9 but later raised it to 6.1.

A number of tour groups are presently in Japan, and Alice Chan Cheung Lok-yee, Travel Industry Council executive director, said around six agencies had reported in to say their groups were safe.

Both Panasonic and Daihatsu have temporarily closed factories in the city.

According to the JMA, this is the first time that the Osaka prefecture has seen an natural disaster of this intensity since 1923.

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Honda Motor Co said production in Suzuka, was halted for checks but no problems were found and operations were back to normal.

The quake, which hit just before 8am (7am Singapore time), killed three people, including a nine-year-old girl.

The 6.1 magnitude natural disaster struck just before 8:00am (23:00 GMT) on Monday, knocking over walls and injuring at least 230 people.

Takuya Nishimura, an associate professor of geodetics at Kyoto University, said there was a possibility that the quake had occurred at the eastern end of a fault extending from the northern part of the prefecture to Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture.

"It was so terrifying because this is my first quake". "I saw her school backpack under the collapsed wall".

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. The strongest shaking was in an area north of Osaka city. Most of the injured were in Osaka - Japan's No. 2 city bustling with businesses.

"It was not as bad as the Kobe quake", he told the Associated Press from Osaka.

Some 170,000 homes suffered temporary power outages, which were resolved within hours after the quake, according to Kansai Electric co.

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