Strong M5.9 natural disaster, lower 6 on Japana scale, rocks northern Osaka

A shop employee clears broken bottles following an earthquake near Osaka western JapanMore

Officials also said its focus was 13 kilometers below the surface in northern Osaka Prefecture.

The strongest shaking was north of Osaka, but the quake rattled large parts of western Japan, including Kyoto, the agency said.

Japanese media reported one of the quake's victims is a 9-year-old girl found at a school in Takatsuki City.

Two men in their 80s, one from Osaka's Higashiyodogawa Ward, and another from the city of Ibaraki also perished.

The Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) in Osaka has opened an emergency hotline following a 6.1 Richer scale quake striking the prefecture on Monday morning.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed the government agencies to "swiftly collect information on damage, make utmost efforts in rescuing and saving lives".

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.

Kepco said its Fukui nuclear plants were operating normally. The temblor had an intensity of lower 6 on the Japanese scale of 7.

"There are fears that the risk of house collapses and landslides has increased in the areas shaken strongly", said Toshiyuki Matsumori, in charge of monitoring quakes at the agency.

"We were sleeping and it woke us up abruptly", said Kate Kilpatrick, 19, an American who was staying in a hotel in Osaka when the quake hit.

Osaka prefecture, which includes the city and surrounding areas, has a population of 8.8 million.

Osaka Gas Co. said it suspended gas supply to 108,000 households in Osaka Prefecture following the quake, while more than 170,000 homes in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo Prefecture are suffering a blackout, Kansai Electric Power Co. said. In 1995, a magnitude 6.9 natural disaster killed more than 6000 people when it struck in neighbouring Kobe.

A massive 9.0 quake hit much further to the north in March 2011, triggering a huge tsunami that killed some 18,000 people and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter of a century at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 5 immigrants killed, several injured after SUV fleeing Border Patrol crashes
Jun 18, 2018 - 12:56
A criminal complaint said the driver in that case admitted to investigators that he traveled from Laredo to San Antonio . Two of the vehicles stopped and arrests were made from each vehicle, according to the U.S.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vote for the Hottest Player in the 2018 World Cup Games
Jun 18, 2018 - 11:38
Cherchesov's team entered the match at Moscow's 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium under intense pressure to put on a worthy performance.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mexico Fans’ World Cup Celebration Triggers Artificial Earthquake
Jun 18, 2018 - 11:28
Hirving Lozano's first-half goal was the difference between the two sides in an enthralling encounter in Moscow . In theory and on paper they will control the game but that does not change the way we will play.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Brilliant Reason Edinson Cavani Wanted Mohamed Salah’s Shirt
Jun 17, 2018 - 17:04
The La Celeste won their opening encounter against Egypt 1-0 to square off their campaign on a winning note. The work we do all the time is precisely to make our players understand that they have to work harder.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top `Kingdom Hearts 3` teams up with `Pirates of the Caribbean`
Jun 17, 2018 - 17:04
And speaking of the future, if you're planning to buy the game next year, pre-ordering right now is not a bad idea. A trailer that presents the scenario, the scenery and the climate disasters that Rico Rodriguez will have to face .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top U.S. and China Officially in a Trade War over "Unfair Trade Practices"
Jun 17, 2018 - 17:02
The U.S. imports a LOT more Chinese goods than the Chinese import in regards to American goods and its easy to see above. The China trade offensive is only one side of Trump's multi-front battle with all major USA economic partners.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top France boss Didier Deschamps happy Antoine Griezmann has sorted club future
Jun 17, 2018 - 15:38
Deschamps said: "I saw in the Spain Portugal game the first two goals could be allowed or they could be denied". The referee had initially waved away the protestations but called for a VAR review over a minute later.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federal Reserve raises rates, signals two more to come
Jun 17, 2018 - 11:44
The Asia Pacific MSCI index edged down 0.2 per cent, with most regional markets shrugging off a strong close on Wall Street. OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 20 cents to $66.69 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Governor tours tornado damage in Wilkes-Barre Twp
Jun 15, 2018 - 11:28
He said was working with county and state officials to determine if the storm would qualify for federal disaster aid. The National Weather Service says the tornado , with 130-mile per hour winds, left a three quarter of a mile trail.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top National Weather Service confirms 2 northeastern Pennsylvania tornadoes
Jun 15, 2018 - 11:24
As of early Thursday afternoon, their live outage map showed that about 1,000 customers around Wilkes-Barre were without power. The American Red Cross has been providing aid and guidance to first responders on the scene. "That's a concern.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top La Decision: Antoine Griezmann Finally Announces He Is Staying With Atletico Madrid
Jun 15, 2018 - 10:32
Since joining Atletico in 2014 from Real Sociedad, Griezmann has scored 112 goals in 208 appearances for the Madrid outfit. At Barcelona , I would just be one more . "It's incredible.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rakitić warns Super Eagles, says Croatia will do ‘everything’ to beat Nigeria
Jun 15, 2018 - 10:26
We have a very strong team, and I hope that they will get a good result in our first match against Spain in Kaliningrad. The also comes after world fashion magazine GQ rated Nigerian Super Eagles jersey as the best for the 2018 World Cup.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top FCC Officially Repeals Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
Jun 15, 2018 - 10:24
So, what will the internet of today look like tomorrow? ISPs may also sue the state, although no lawsuits have yet been reported. Several states including NY and Washington , have passed regulations that impose net neutrality on a local level.

Cyberpunk 2077: Main Character, Customization, Exploration Revealed
Jun 15, 2018 - 09:20
We first heard about Cyberpunk 2077 over six years ago, in May 2012. "We want them to feel like living people with histories". Power weapons were described as more "traditional weapons that you would have nowadays", such as high-impact guns.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russian Federation throttles Saudi Arabia, as hosts start strong in World Cup
Jun 15, 2018 - 06:27
Besides setting the mood, chanting, and dancing to support Morocco for its first game against Iran, Friday, June 15 , at 3 p.m. You can't ask for a better way to get the crowd excited in the inaugural match of the Cup.