3 killed as 5.9-magnitude natural disaster rocks Japan's Osaka

3 killed as 5.9-magnitude natural disaster rocks Japan's Osaka

The magnitude 6.1 quake struck the city of Osaka and the surrounding area Monday about 8 a.m. local time.

One victim was a 9-year-old girl knocked down by a concrete wall at her elementary school as she walked by.

Osaka prefecture, which includes the city and surrounding areas, has a population of 8.8 million.

At least three people have died and at least 200 others have been injured after an natural disaster struck the northern Osaka region in Japan on Monday morning. A man in his 80s died in the collapse of a concrete wall in Osaka city.

The 6.1 magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and nuclear plants in the area are operating normally.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters the government was "working united, with its first priority on saving people's lives".

Shinji Toda, a professor of natural disaster geology at Tohoku University, noted that a different fault running just under the city of Osaka from north to south might have something to do with Monday's deadly quake.

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A lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 was registered in Kita Ward, Osaka as well as Takatsuki, Hirakata, Ibaraki and Minoo in the prefecture.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it had detected no problems at its local atomic power plants, but some companies, including Honda, said they had suspended operations at local plants. The strongest shaking was in an area north of Osaka city, the agency said.

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

In the larger Osaka Prefecture 170,800 homes and buildings were without power for several hours and water and gas were also off. Police said people were believed to be trapped in dozens of elevators. "Almost all of the dishes fell and shattered on the floor", Kaori Iwakiri, a 50-year-old nurse in Moriguchi - just north of Osaka city - said.

Singaporean Benny Tong, who is in Osaka to visit his fiancee and her family, said he felt "intense rattling" for about 20 seconds before the quake.

Train and subway service including the bullet train have been suspended to check for damage to equipment.

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