At least 4 dead, hundreds injured after 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan

  • At least four people have died and over 300 more were injured after an earthquake struck Japan’s northern Osaka region on Monday morning.
  • The quake, which had a 6.1 magnitude, hit at 7:58 a.m.
  • Two elderly men and a 9-year-old girl were died from collapsing walls and furniture.

At least four people have died and over 300 others have been injured after an earthquake struck the northern Osaka region in Japan on Monday morning.

The quake hit at 7:58 a.m. and initially measured a magnitude of 5.9 but was later raised to 6.1, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The agency added the quake occurred at a depth of about 6 miles (10 kilometers) and no tsunami warning was issued.

Two elderly men and one 9-year-old girl died after being hit by collapsing walls and furniture Monday morning according to the Japan Times. An 81-year-old woman was later confirmed dead after being crushed under her home’s furniture, The Times added.

At least 300 people have been injured, Kyodo News reported.

Both Panasonic and Daihatsu have temporarily closed factories in the city.

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.

The quake disrupted some of Japan’s usually meticulous train services from Osaka to other major cities including Tokyo and Nagoya.

The Meteorological Agency warned against landslides and potential aftershocks over the next few days.

Osaka is one of Japan’s largest port cities and is a major commercial center. It has a population of 2.7 million and is Japan’s second-largest city.

Japan has experienced several earthquakes in the last few days, including 4.5 and 4.6 quakes near capital Tokyo over the weekend. The country is located along the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences more than 1,000 measurable earthquakes per year.

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