An earthquake, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, rocked the city of Osaka in Japan. The mishap happened around 8 am (local time). It killed at least three people and injured more that two hundred. The earthquake measured 6.1 on Japan Meteorological Department’s scale.
The victims include a 9-year old girl and two elderly men. The 9-year old girl was trapped by a damaged wall in the swimming pool at her school in Takatsuki city. An 85-year-old man was trapped by a damaged block wall in Yodogawa-ku, while an 80-year-old man died after a bookshelf fell on him at his home in Ibaraki.
Takatsuki city felt the strongest tremors. Many roads suffered severe damage and water pipes burst, causing flooding of the streets. At least 214 people were injured as a result of the earthquake. Slight tremors were also felt in Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo and Shiga.
Daily life in Japan disrupted
The earthquake disrupted train and flight services in Japan. Airports in the area had to be closed down, and 82 departing and arriving flights were cancelled. Many factories had to halt their production for several hours. Bullet trains resumed service six hours after the quake.
The earthquake has also adversely affected electricity, water and gas supplies in Osaka. Around 1,08,000 households were without water and gas supply, while 1,70,000 homes suffered power outages. The authorities managed to restore proper supply within few hours after the disaster.
Meteorological department of Japan has issued a warning about another major earthquake in the coming days. There are also warnings that rain and landslides will continue to pose a danger for several days.