More than 210 injured in Osaka-area quake


The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said the number of the injured had risen to 91 about three and a half hours after the quake struck the region.

Hong Kong travel agents are reporting that all their customers in Osaka are safe after a deadly quake struck Japan's second city on Monday during the height of rush hour.

All trains and subways across Osaka city were halted, and the bullet train that links Osaka to Tokyo was stopped.

A falling concrete wall knocked down and killed the 9-year-old girl, Rina Miyake, as she walked at her elementary school in Takatsuki. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died when a bookshelf fell on him at home, city officials say.

An elevator operator said there were at least 70 cases of people being temporarily trapped inside elevators in Osaka Prefecture and nearby areas, while the police said a water pipe on a road in Takatsuki burst and flooded the area.

Myotokuji temple is destroyed by an quake registering a weak 6 on the Japanese seismic scale in Ibaraki City, the north side of Osaka Prefecture on June 18, 2018.

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

"It was not as bad as the Kobe quake", said Jun Kawanami, a 30-year-old lawyer in Osaka.

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Pictures circulating on social media showed electronic train announcement boards that had collapsed onto the platform at one local station, and broken glass at a ticket counter.

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"I want you to make your utmost effort to restore public transport as well as gas and water supplies", he added.

Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an quake Monday, June 18, 2018.

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. NHK said that the elderly man and the girl had been killed by collapsing walls.

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

Multiple small aftershocks followed, and an official from Japan's meteorological agency warned residents to remain on guard.

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

Meanwhile, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it had detected no problems at its local nuclear power plants.

She said the council had not received any requests for help from Hong Kong travellers regarding the natural disaster.

Both Japan and Guatemala are situated on the Ring of Fire, an area of intense seismic and volcanic activity on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. The initial strength of the quake was measured at 5.9.