Confirmed Dead in Western Japan Earthquake

Erika Holt
June 19, 2018

Takatsuki city confirmed another victim late Monday, as the death toll rose to four.

A powerful natural disaster rocked Japan's second city of Osaka on Monday, killing three people including a nine-year-old girl and injuring more than 300, according to an official tally.

No tsunami warning was issued.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the government was assessing damage and that its top priority was the safety of residents.

The strongest shaking was north of Osaka, but the quake rattled large parts of western Japan, including Kyoto, the agency said.

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The quake hit at 7:58 a.m. and initially measured a magnitude of 5.9 but was later raised to 6.1, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency.

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The quake struck at 8am, as platforms would have been heaving with passengers waiting to board their commuter trains to work.

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 said its directly owned plants in the area were operating as usual, but a joint venture plant with parent Hon Hai Precision Industry said it had halted operations for safety checks. At least three people have died.

A nine-year-old girl, Rina Miyake, was killed by a falling concrete wall as she walked at her elementary school in Takatsuki, while the two other fatalities were men in their 80s.

Kilpatrick, visiting Japan for the first time, said alarms went off nearly immediately in the hotel and a loudspeaker told guests to stay away from windows.

"It was so terrifying because this is my first natural disaster". "I used the stairs but I was out of breath by the time I arrived at my office on the 22nd floor", he said.

Kilpatrick, visiting Japan for the first time, said alarms went off nearly immediately in the hotel and a loudspeaker told guests to stay away from windows. Kansai Electric said on its website that around 170,000 homes in the Osaka region were briefly left without power.

People pause to look at a collapsed house following an quake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. While the natural disaster was centered near Osaka, it affected a large portion of western Japan. The city is close to Kobe, which was hit by a deadly magnitude 6.9 quake in 1995.

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