3 Killed, Many Injured As 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan's Osaka

| June 18 , 2018 , 10:08 IST

At least 3 people have been killed and numerous others injured after one of the most powerful earthquakes in decades hit the Osaka region of Japan on Monday morning, measuring a magnitude of 6.1, Japan's Meteorological Agency. No tsunami warning has been issued after the earthquake.

The deceased include a 9-year-old girl who was struck by a collapsing wall, a man in his 80s who died after being crushed by a bookshelf at his home and an 80-year-old man who died after being hit by a falling wall.

The hypocenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 13 km in the Osaka Prefecture on the island of Honshu, the largest island in the Japanese archipelago, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

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Multiple fire incidents have also been reported in the city of Osaka, locals told The Japan Times. While train services, both high-speed bullet trains and local rail services, were stopped immediately after the earthquake, most of the train services have been resumed. The Kansai Airport has also been shut down and its runways are being checked for damage.

Although the magnitude of the earthquake is considered to be relatively small, due to its shallow epicenter it is believed to have triggered high-intensity tremors.

The Japanese authorities have confirmed that none of the 15 nuclear reactors in the region have been affected by the earthquake.

Japan's weather agency has meanwhile issued a warning against landslides, adding that locals should be careful of possible aftershocks for the news few days.

In 1995, when the deadly Great Hanshin Earthquake hit the area with a magnitude of 7.3, around 6,434 people were killed.