At least three people, including a child, were killed after a strong quake rocked the Japanese city of Osaka during the morning rush hour, government officials said.
People look at a collapsed house following an quake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on Monday.
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. The Japan Meteorological Agency has updated the magnitude of the quake to a stronger 6.1.
"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.
The jolts shattered windows, knocked over walls, and resulted in several residential building fires. It toppled book shelves in homes and scattered goods on shop floors. Passengers exited trains on the tracks between stations. Dozens of flights in and out of Osaka were grounded and train service was suspended across a wide area. One was a 9-year-old girl who was crushed by a concrete wall at a local elementary school and the other was an elderly man in his 80s, according to the AP. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.
Several people were trapped in elevators and roads were cracked with broken pipes spilling water.
Minoru Yasui, an 80-year-old resident of Osaka's Higashiyodogawa Ward, was killed after a wall collapsed over him.
Strong earthquake strikes Japanese city
Many homes and buildings, including a major hospital, were temporarily without power, though electricity was restored at most places by midafternoon.
Students sit on a playground after they were evacuated from school building after an natural disaster at Ikeda elementary school in Ikeda, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, Monday.
However, there was no large-scale destruction and no tsunami warning issued after the quake, although commuters were stranded and tens of thousands were left without power.
The meteorological agency warned the quake might be followed by another big tremor in the coming days.
Shaking was felt well beyond the epicenter in Osaka, one of the largest metropolises.
The authorities said that none of the 15 nuclear reactors in this region have been affected by the quake.
The latest disaster has reminded many in Japan of the magnitude 7.3 Hanshin-Kobe quake that killed more than 6,000 people in the same region in 1995.
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