Three Dead, Dozens Injured by Earthquake in Western Japan's Osaka

3 dead, more than 200 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region

A massive magnitude 9.0 quake hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, triggering a huge tsunami that killed some 18,000 people and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter of a century at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Monday's quake in Osaka occurred just before 08:00 local time (23:00 GMT Sunday) north of the city. More than 170,000 households in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo prefecture lost power temporarily but it was restored within two hours, the utility said.

Local officials confirmed the death toll, which includes two men in their 80s, after the area was shaken shortly after 8am local time on Monday. The girl and one of the men were both killed by collapsing walls, the girl as she walked to her primary school.

National broadcast NHK said an elderly man was also killed by a collapsing wall, while another was trapped below a bookcase at home.

The magnitude 6.1 natural disaster struck shortly after 8am north of Osaka, at a depth of about eight miles, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Transport was disrupted and trains stopped amid power outages during the morning commute as the quake struck at 8.a.m. local time (23.00 Sunday, UTC) at a depth of about 13 kilometers (8.1 miles).

The prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said the government was assessing the damage and that its priority was to rescue anyone trapped inside buildings.

Stefan Fairweather said he lurched all over the place "like a drunken sailor" as noodles fell around him in Osaka.

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"Large-scale quakes are likely to happen in the next two to three days", he told reporters.

Television images showed goods scattered on the floor of shops and building debris in streets. The temblor had an intensity of lower 6 on the Japanese scale of 7. The strongest shaking was in an area north of Osaka city.

Local police said the girl had died in the city of Takatsuki, north of Osaka city.

A crack is filled with water on a road after water pipes were broken following an quake in Takatsuki city, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. Monday's quake also followed a series of smaller quakes near Tokyo in recent weeks.

"I saw the ceiling and the floor undulating, and I could barely stand".

No abnormalities were reported at the Takahama, Mihama and Oi nuclear plants in central Japan, according to Kansai Electric. "I thought it was a nightmare because I was so confused", she said.

Japan sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where numerous world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.

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

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