Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Strong earthquake hits Osaka in western Japan

Japan earthquake TWITTERSeismologists have warned that stronger aftershocks may occur if the fault line has shifted
Jeannette Daniel | 18 June, 2018, 04:52

An natural disaster with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan on Monday but the top government spokesman said there were no immediate signs of major damage.

The natural disaster registered a lower-6 on the 7-point Japanese seismic intensity scale in northern Osaka Prefecture, the meteorological agency said. The inland natural disaster poses no tsunami risk.

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.

Damage inside a home in Osaka, Japan, after the quake struck.

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All trains and subways across Osaka city were halted, and the bullet train that travels through the region was halted as far as Fukuoka in southern Japan. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete.

Local police also told AFP that they had not received reports of substantial damage, and the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it had detected no abnormalities at its facilities after the quake.

The Kansai region is one of Japan's main manufacturing heartlands, home to companies including Panasonic Corp., Nintendo Co. and Keyence Corp, and a major natural disaster has always been feared in the area.

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