Strong deadly quake rattles Japan

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Hits Osaka in Japan Killing Three

Strong Quake Rattles Japan's Osaka, Causes No Major Damage

Students sit on a playground after they were evacuated from school building after an natural disaster at Ikeda elementary school in Ikeda, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, Monday.

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

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported the girl was on her way to school at the time.

A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong quake in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka.

The victims, who have yet to be named, were described as being in a state of "cardiopulmonary arrest" - a term Japanese media use until doctors have conducted formal examinations.

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A nine-year-old girl was killed and one other person feared dead after a strong quake rocked Japan's second city of Osaka during Monday's morning rush hour.

The 6.1 magnitude quake struck just before 8:00am (23:00 GMT) on Monday, knocking over walls and injuring at least 230 people.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake had an epicenter in the northern region in the prefecture and occurred at a depth of about 10 kilometers. The government confirmed two of the deaths.

The area north of Osaka was the hardest hit, the agency said.

The Japanese government had not received reports of major damage as of 8:30 a.m., spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

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

The quake struck in one of Japan's main manufacturing heartlands, home to companies including Panasonic Corp., Nintendo Co. and Keyence Corp, and plants across the area were halted as firms assessed the damage.

Kansai Electric said on its website that around 170,000 homes in the Osaka region were briefly without power.

A major quake has always been feared in the area, which is located near several major faults.

Eiji Shibuya, 52, said the tremor reminded him of the devastating 1995 Kobe natural disaster, which killed almost 6,500 people.

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