Injured in Osaka, Japan quake

Damage inside a home in Osaka Japan after the earthquake struck

Strong Quake Rattles Japan's Osaka, Causes No Major Damage

Disaster management minister Hachiro Okonogi said there are people buried under a collapsed building and authorities are working to confirm the details.

The train and subway service in and around Osaka, including the bullet train to Tokyo, was suspended while checks were made.

Students of a public elementary school in Ikeda city, Osaka Prefecture, evacuate to the school yard after a strong quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck on Monday morning.

Private broadcaster TV Asahi showed firefighters responding to a blaze that broke out after the quake at a house north of Osaka city. In 1995, a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster killed more than 6,000 people when it struck in neighboring Kobe.

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The magnitude-6.1earthquake, initially measured at 5.9, struck the region, 400 kilometres west of Tokyo, during the morning commute. Dozens of flights in and out of Osaka were grounded and train service was suspended across a wide area.

The meteorological agency warned the quake might be followed by another big tremor in the coming days. NHK said an 80-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl had been killed by collapsing walls.

Some areas in Osaka are reportedly experiencing power shortage.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told an emergency news conference that the government had received no reports of major damage due to the quake.

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The authorities said that none of the 15 nuclear reactors in this region have been affected by the quake.

Despite having a relatively low magnitude, the quake caused quite a shake, registering a lower six on the Japanese experiential scale of up to seven, meaning it is hard to stay standing. More than 170,000 homes were without power as of 8:20 a.m., regional utility Kansai Electric Power Co. said. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died when a bookshelf fell on him at home, city officials say.

People are seen on a train in the Osaka Prefecture town of Shimamoto after it came to an emergency halt following a powerful quake that struck the prefecture and other areas of western Japan, shortly after 8:30 a.m. on June 18, 2018. "I thought it was a nightmare because I was so confused", she said.

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