Atleast three people were killed and more than 200 injured after strong quakes rocked Osaka in Western Japan during morning rush hour today, June 18.
The quake which hit before 8 am, killed 9 people including a nine-year-old girl. It also halted factory lines and burst water mains, govt officials in Japan said.
The 9-year-old was killed when she got trapped after a wall collapsed on her at school.
Also 80-year-old man was also killed by a collapsing wall while another man was killed trapped under a bookcase in his home.
The quake measuring 5.3 in magnitude struck at depth of 15.4 km. The Japanese Meteorological agency originally put the quake’s magnitude at 5.9 but later raised it to 6.1.
The epicentre of the earthquake was in the northern part of the prefecture at a depth of 13 km.
No tsunami warning was issued, the agency said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told media the govt was ‘working united, with its first priority on saving people’s lives”.