Three dead, dozens injured after 6.1 magnitude earthquake around Osaka, Japan

June 18, 2018  

The western city of Osaka was shaken during the Monday morning rush hour, with subway and bullet train services suspended.

04:25, UK,

A nine-year-old girl is among three people to have died after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in and around the Japanese city of Osaka.

Local officials confirmed the death toll, which includes two men in their 80s, after the area was shaken shortly after 8am local time on Monday.

The quake caused walls to topple and a number of fires to break out, with 41 people reported to have been injured.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the tremor was at its strongest just north of Osaka, with an initial recording of 5.9 at a depth of 13km.

It disrupted the morning commute for thousands of people, including those outside the city, with bullet train and subway services suspended while they were checked for damage.

The government has confirmed that there is no risk of a tsunami.

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