3 confirmed dead in powerful Osaka quake: authorities

Three dead, dozens injured after 6.1 magnitude earthquake around Osaka, Japan

At least 3 dead in Japanese earthquake

A 6.1 magnitude quake shook the western Japanese city of Osaka on Monday, collapsing buildings and injuring more than 300 people.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says a quake with preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Monday around 8 a.m.

Several buildings in Osaka and Takatsuki collapsed and were on fire. Train service was suspended across a wide area during the morning commute.

A powerful natural disaster rocked Japan's second city of Osaka on Monday, killing three people including a nine-year-old girl and injuring more than 300, according to an official tally. Another man in his 80s was killed when a bookcase fell on him.

Shaking was felt well beyond the epicenter in Osaka, one of the largest metropolises.

The inland quake did not trigger a tsunami and no nuclear power plants in the vicinity reported abnormalities, but dozens of fires were reported in Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto and Mie prefectures, according to local authorities.

Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency said two people were found with no vital signs and 41 others had been injured. The third victim died in the nearby city of Ibaraki. NHK public television aired video showing the collapsed upper half of the high wall, which was painted cheerfully with trees, flowers and blue sky and surrounded the school swimming pool.

Mayor Takeshi Hamada apologized over her death because of the wall's collapse. The structure was old and made of concrete blocks - a known risk in earthquakes. Two men in their 80s died after being hit by falling objects.

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However, no tsunami warning was issued, reports Efe news.

Water flows out from cracks in a road damaged by an quake in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018. Books were thrown off the shelves at a store. It also cracked roads and broke water pipes, leaving homes without water.

Footage showed commuters forced to get out of halted trains and walk along the tracks. Some subway services started to resume in the afternoon.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the tremor at magnitude 5.3, struck at a depth of 15.4km.

Multiple small aftershocks followed the quake, and an official from Japan's meteorological agency warned residents to remain on guard.

Around 170,000 houses in Osaka prefecture are experiencing power outages following the quake, NHK reported.

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