Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Natural disaster kills 3, injures at least 40 in Japan

3 dead over 10 injured as 6.1-magnitude quake rocks western Japan Strong Quake Rattles Japan's Osaka, Causes No Major Damage
Andrew Cummings | 18 June, 2018, 10:57

The epicenter of the quake was just north of Osaka city, said the Japan Meteorological Agency, which originally put the magnitude at 5.9 but later raised it to 6.1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said authorities were assessing damage and that their top priority was the safety of residents.

The gate of Myotoku-ji temple collapses after an quake hit Ibaraki City, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018.

"There are fears that the risk of house collapses and landslides has increased in the areas shaken strongly", said Toshiyuki Matsumori, in charge of monitoring quakes at the agency.

Public broadcaster NHK said the man was an 80-year-old who had also been killed by a collapsing wall, and that the third fatality was a man trapped under a bookcase in his home.

"As of now, there is no damage at nuclear power facilities such as Takahama nuclear power plant and Oi nuclear power plant", Yoshide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference.

While the quake appeared to spare the region of major infrastructural damage, the Meteorological Agency warned that strong aftershocks could occur, particularly in the next two to three days.

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"It was not as bad as the Kobe quake", he told the Associated Press from Osaka.

Honda Motor Co. said production in Suzuka, in nearby Mie prefecture, was halted for checks but no problems were found and operations were back to normal. Sharp Corp also resumed work at a joint venture plant with parent Hon Hai Precision Industry that it had stopped for safety checks.

A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong natural disaster in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka. Centered inland from the port city, the quake did not cause a tsunami.

Kansai Electric said on its website that around 170,000 homes in the Osaka region were without power. "The whole world was aggressively shaking".

The quake, which had a 6.1 magnitude, hit at 7:58 a.m. Production at the Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota auto plants was stopped when the quake hit.

Japan introduced a law after the Kobe quake requiring owners of large buildings such as hotels and hospitals to have their buildings inspected for natural disaster resistance.

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