At least 3 dead after 6.1 earthquake hits Osaka

Workers check damage of a road collapsed by an earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, on Monday, June 18, 2018. The earthquake, which struck western Japan, killed three people and injured more than 50. Photo by EPA-EFE/Jiji Press

June 18 (UPI) — At least three people are dead and more than 200 injured after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the Japanese city of Osaka during morning rush hour on Monday.

The quake struck at about 8 a.m. in the city with a population of nearly 2.7 million.

According to the Japan Times, a 9-year-old girl was killed when a wall surrounding a swimming pool fell on her. Two elderly men died in different locations, including one who was crushed by a falling wall and another who was killed by a falling bookcase.

Several more people are believed to be dead but fatalities have not yet been publicly confirmed.

Power was out for more than 170,000 homes for several hours, but local reports said electricity has been restored.

About 700 people were moved to evacuation centers, NHK reported.

Firefighters were called on to put out fires across the city as a result of the earthquake.


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