Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Elderly man, 9-year-old among killed in strong Japan quake

Kenny Thornton | 18 June, 2018, 14:32

A strong 6.1 magnitude quake has knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan, killing at least three people and injuring dozens. In 1995, a magnitude 6.9 quake killed more than 6,000 people when it struck in neighboring Kobe. Television images showed passengers getting off trains onto the tracks between stations. The Japan Meteorology Agency put the magnitude at 5.9 and JMA Seismic Intensity at 5.3.

A falling concrete wall knocked down Rina Miyake as she walked by at her elementary school in Takatsuki.

Power was quickly restored to more than 170,000 homes that had earlier been cut off, regional utility Kansai Electric Power Co. said.

The quake, measuring a magnitude 6.1, left a trail of destruction in its wake after striking the northern part of Osaka Prefecture during a Monday morning rush hour.

Meanwhile, Japan's JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp says it has shut all refining units at its 115,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) Osaka refinery after the quake.

Airports in the area were closed for several hours, train lines interrupted and factories had to halt production.

Two elderly men and a 9-year-old girl were died from collapsing walls and furniture.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that authorities were assessing the damage and that the safety of residents comes first.

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Students sit on a playground after they were evacuated from school building after an quake at Ikeda elementary school in Ikeda, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, Monday.

"I was stunned. I couldn't do anything", he told AFP news agency from Itami, a city in eastern Osaka region.

Live footage showed burst water mains and a house on fire after the quake hit Japan's second-biggest metropolis just before 8 am local time (11 pm GMT Sunday) as commuters were heading to work.

Monday's natural disaster was of a relatively low magnitude, but registered up to a lower-6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 0 to 7.

Japan's weather agency warned people in western Japan to be prepared for another big natural disaster in the next few days.

Major manufacturers such as Honda Motor Co and Mitsubishi Motors Corp resumed operations at their plants on Monday afternoon.

Japan sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" where a large proportion of the world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.

The strongest shaking was north of Osaka, the agency said.

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