Injured in Osaka, Japan natural disaster

18 June, 2018, 10:41 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Students sit on a playground after they were evacuated from school building after an earthquake at Ikeda elementary school in Ikeda Osaka prefecture western Japan in this

The Osaka prefectural government reported two deaths, and an Ibaraki city official confirmed a third.

The train and subway service in and around Osaka, including the bullet train to Tokyo, was suspended while checks were made.

People cycle on a flooded road damaged after an natural disaster hit Osaka.

Live footage showed burst water mains and a house on fire after the quake hit Osaka, which will host next year's Group of 20 summit, just before 8 a.m.as commuters were heading to work.

Meantime, a 5.6 magnitude quake struck near Guanagazapa in Guatemala's Escuintla province just after 8:30 p.m local time (11:30 p.m ET) Sunday, according to the USGS.

Magnitude 6.1 quake kills three, stops factories in Japan's Osaka area. Many of local train services in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hyogo prefectures have been halted due to the quake.

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. Public broadcaster NHK said that in addition to the dead, more than 230 people were injured. Up to 100 people were injured.

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The Japanese government has set up a task force to gather information related to the strong natural disaster and the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yoshihide Suga, called on citizens to keep an eye on developments through the media.

Some areas in Osaka are reportedly experiencing power shortage.

Japan sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" where a large proportion of the world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died after a bookshelf fell on top of him at home, according to city officials.

Despite having a relatively low magnitude, the quake caused quite a shake, registering a lower six on the Japanese experiential scale of up to seven, meaning it is hard to stay standing.

A police officer stands guard at the site where a girl was killed by fallen wall caused by an quake at an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.

"I was stunned. I couldn't do anything", he told AFP from Itami, a city in eastern Osaka region.

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