Twarit Vishwa: 5.9 magnitude quake hits Japan, damage buildings

Twarit Vishwa: 5.9 magnitude quake hits Japan, damage buildings

Twarit Vishwa: 5.9 magnitude quake hits Japan, damage buildings

An elderly man and a young girl were killed, with several other people also in "cardiopulmonary arrest", after walls collapsed in a magnitude-6.1 natural disaster that hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday, public broadcaster NHK said.

Disaster management minister Hachiro Okonogi said there could be people buried under a collapsed building, and that the authorities are working to confirm details and conduct search-and-rescue operations.

The weather agency warned that a strong quake with a similar size could jolt the Osaka region within a week, but dismissed concerns that Monday's temblor could trigger a megaquake that is projected to occur in the future off western Japan with massive tsunami.

The shinkansen bullet train service remains halted due to the quake as at 11.30am local time, while the Hanshin Expressway that connects Osaka to the neighbouring Kyoto and Kobe cities is also closed. The structure was old and made of concrete blocks - a known risk in earthquakes. Passengers exited trains on the tracks between stations.

"Large-scale quakes are likely to happen in the next two to three days", he told reporters.

The quake halted train and subway service.

Reuters The Myotoku-ji temple was damaged by an quake on Monday in Ibaraki, Osaka prefecture. The other two fatalities were both men in their 80s.

It set off multiple building fires and toppled walls.

Motochika Goto, 85, was crushed by a bookcase and died in Ibaraki in the Osaka suburbs, according to local police.

Another man in his 80s died in the city of Ibaraki after being trapped under a bookshelf.

NHK showed footage of firefighters tackling a blaze that ripped through a home north of Osaka, and several broadcasters showed images of water gushing into the street from underground pipes.

Many homes and buildings, including a major hospital, were temporarily without power, though electricity was restored at most places by midafternoon. Roofs and roof tiles at homes and at least one temple fell to the ground in Osaka.

Defense troops joined rescue and relief operations in parts of Osaka, along with special vehicles to deliver clean drinking water.

Guests take shelter outside a hotel in Osaka, following an quake Monday, June 18, 2018.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters on the quake at his official residence in Tokyo on June 18, 2018. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete. Monday's quake also followed a series of smaller quakes near Tokyo in recent weeks.

A 30-year-old lawyer Jun Kawasaki said the quake reminded him of the Kobe quake 23 years ago, and started packing up immediately to run away. His girlfriend ducked down under the table.

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