3 killed as 5.9-magnitude natural disaster rocks Japan's Osaka

Strong Quake Rattles Japan's Osaka, Causes No Major Damage

"We were sleeping and it woke us up abruptly", said Kate Kilpatrick, 19, who was staying in a hotel in Osaka when the quake hit.

The quake knocked over walls, broke windows and set off scattered building fires.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has updated the magnitude of the quake to 6.1, stronger than the initial 5.9 magnitude. Most trains in the area have been stopped for the morning.

Gas supply to 108,000 households was cut off by Osaka Gas following the quake which also brought a halt to train traffic in the area, before operations slowly resumed hours later.

The epicenter of the quake was in the northern part of the prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned residents of Osaka and surrounding prefectures June 18 to brace for strong aftershocks over the coming week following the magnitude-6.1 natural disaster that rocked the region around the morning commute. "There are fears that the risk of house collapses and landslides has increased in the areas shaken strongly", said Toshiyuki Matsumori of the country's meteorological agency.

A falling concrete wall knocked down and killed the 9-year-old girl, Rina Miyake, as she walked at her elementary school in Takatsuki.

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No irregularities were detected at the Mihama, Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants to the north of Osaka, Kansai Electric Power said. Passengers were seen exiting trains on the tracks between stations.

A lower 6 on the 7-tier Japanese seismic intensity scale was recorded in Kita Ward, Osaka city, as well as in the municipalities of Takatsuki, Hirakata, Ibaraki and Minoo in the same prefecture.

A number of train services were suspended, including the "shinkansen" bullet train, as multiple smaller aftershocks followed the quake. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died after a bookshelf fell on top of him at home, according to city officials. Auto makers Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Daihatsu all stopped production at plants in the region.

The magnitude 6.1 natural disaster that struck the area early Monday damaged buildings, knocked down walls and roof tiles, and left many homes without water or gas.

Daihatsu Motor Co, a unit of Toyota Motor Corp, said it had suspended production at its factories in Osaka and Kyoto while it checked for damage.

Shaking was felt well beyond the epicenter in Osaka, one of the largest metropolises.

Japan lies in a particularly earthquake-prone region and accounts for around 20% of quakes worldwide of magnitude 6.0 or more.

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