A strong quake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. No major damage caused by the quake was reported.
The quake, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses, struck around 8 a.m. about 6 miles underground with a magnitude of 6.1, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
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 quake knocked over walls, scattered goods on the floor of shops and set off scattered fires around Osaka. Several rail services were suspended, including the bullet train.
Senior government officials are gathering for an emergency meeting at the Prime Minister's office, broadcaster NHK reported. The agency revised the quake's magnitude and depth from the initially announced M5.9 and 10 km.
In Osaka Prefecture, about 170,000 homes and buildings were without power as of 8:30 a.m.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it had detected no problems at its local atomic power plants, but some companies, including Honda, said they had suspended operations at local plants. "Almost all of the dishes fell and shattered on the floor", said Kaori Iwakiri, a 50-year-old nurse in Moriguchi, just north of Osaka city. "I was very scared", Katsufumi Abe, who was at Osaka's main railway station when the quake struck, told Kyodo news.
"I was anxious about my son as he had just left for his high school".
The city of Shibukawa in southern Gunma Prefecture experienced a severe tremor measuring lower-5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, while the cities of Maebashi, Kiryu, Isezaki and Numata in Gunma Prefecture recorded 4 on the same scale, the agency said.
And government spokesman Suga also cautioned "there is a possibility that strong aftershocks will happen".
A massive magnitude 9.0 quake hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 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. There were no reports of abnormalities at its nuclear plants in the region.