Three Dead, Plants And Trains Halted As Earthquake Rattles Japan's Osaka

Three Dead, Plants And Trains Halted As Earthquake Rattles Japan's Osaka

Three Dead, Plants And Trains Halted As Earthquake Rattles Japan's Osaka

Three people were confirmed dead and nearly 100 injured after a strong quake hit Osaka on Monday morning, rattling one of Japan's industrial heartlands and halting trains and factories across the region.

Meantime, a 5.6 magnitude quake struck near Guanagazapa in Guatemala's Escuintla province just after 8:30 p.m. local time (10:30 p.m ET) Sunday, according to the USGS.

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. It was the strongest shaking registered in Osaka under records which date back to 1923.

Many commuters in the morning rush hour were left stranded at stations and on streets as the quake disrupted operations of shinkansen bullet train and other railways in western and central Japan. According to Kansai Electric Power Co. a total of 170,000 households are without power as of 9:25 a.m.

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A 9-year-old girl in Takatsuki died after a wall several dozens of meters long around a swimming pool collapsed, while a man in his 80s in Osaka's Higashiyodogawa ward was killed after a wall collapsed over him. At least 200 people have been injured, Kyodo News reported. Television images showed passengers getting off trains onto the tracks between stations.

The natural disaster registered a lower-6 on the 7-point Japanese seismic intensity scale in northern Osaka Prefecture, the meteorological agency said.

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Daihatsu Motor Co, a unit of Toyota Motor Corp, said it had suspended production at its factories in Osaka and Kyoto while it checked for damage.

Osaka is to host next year's Group of 20 summit.

Private broadcaster TV Asahi showed firefighters responding to a blaze that broke out after the quake at a house north of Osaka city.

A major natural disaster has always been feared in the area, which is located near several major fault.

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Osaka is due to hold the G20 meeting in June 2019.

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