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Japan Earthquake: More than 90 injured and three dead in Osaka-area

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 June 2018, 10:45 IST

At least 91 people injured and two dead as a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck port city Osaka, Japan on Monday morning. According to Japanese disaster authorities, "91 people are injured in the strong earthquake in Osaka on Monday morning."

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said the number of injuries has escalated to 91 after an hour of an earthquake. 

Local municipal authorities have confirmed that at least three are dead which includes a 9-year-old girl and two men in their late 80s. Due to earthquake buildings are on fire, walls cracked and water pipes busted causing flights to ground and suspend train services. The 9-year-old was found dead at a school.

Initial magnitude of the quake was 5.9 magnitude and later increased to 6.1.

The earthquake has shaken western Japan. However, there is no tsunami alert until now. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says there were no reports of major damage as of 8:30 a.m. No injuries have been reported.

Train and subway service including the bullet train have been suspended to check for damage to equipment.

In the year 2011, a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 hit northeastern Japan.  It triggered tsunami killing 18,000 people.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, " I pray for the souls of the people who passed away in the earthquake which was the epicentre of the north, and I would like to express my sympathy to all affected people,"

He also said, "Since the beginning of the disaster, the government has been working together to collect and disseminate information and to rescue activities. We have received reports that the blackout has been eliminated, but we will continue to do our utmost to tackle disaster emergency measures such as public transportation, gas, and water service."

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First published: 18 June 2018, 10:45 IST