Monday, 22 April, 2019

Powerful quake shakes Osaka, knocks out power, trains:The Asahi Shimbun

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Jeannette Daniel | 18 June, 2018, 07:15

The 5.3-magnitude quake struck at a depth of 15.4km at 7.58am (6.58am, Singapore time) near Osaka, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

At least three people have been confirmed killed and more casualties are feared, after a magnitude 6.1 quake hit north of Osaka Prefecture in western Japan, local media report.

The quake hit western Japan early Monday, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or risk of tsunami waves, officials said.

Mr Abe said he had instructed his staff to "swiftly collect information on damage, make utmost efforts in rescuing and saving lives".

While there were no reports of widespread damage, Japanese authorities are still assessing the impact, with PM Shinzo Abe emphasizing that the safety of residents is the government's top priority at the moment.

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NHK showed footage of firefighters tackling a blaze that ripped through a home north of Osaka city after the quake, and several broadcasters showed images of water gushing into the street from underground pipes. According to Kansai Electric Power Co. a total of 170,000 households are without power as of 9:25 a.m.

The morning commute was disrupted as train and subway service in the Osaka area including the bullet train were suspended to check for damage to equipment.

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.

The natural disaster registered a lower-6 on the 7-point Japanese seismic intensity scale in northern Osaka Prefecture, the meteorological agency said.

Nuclear reactors in Oi and Takahama are operating normally, according to their operators.

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