A water-filled crack on a road after water pipes were broken due to an natural disaster is seen in Takatsuki, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo June 18, 2018.
An 80-year-old man and a 9-year-old girl were killed, while several other people are in "cardiopulmonary arrest" after walls collapsed when a magnitude-6.1 quake hit Osaka in western Japan on Monday, public broadcaster NHK earlier reported. An 84-year-old man in nearby Ibaraki died after a bookshelf fell on top of him at home, according to city officials.
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The quake was recorded at 7.58 a.m. and had its hypocenter at about 13 km depth in Osaka Prefecture on the island of Honshu, the largest in the Japanese archipelago, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
"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.
On March 11, 2011, a devastating magnitude 9.0 quake struck under the Pacific Ocean, and the resulting tsunami caused widespread damage and claimed thousands of lives.
Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said there were no reports of major damage as of 8.30am (local time).
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More than 170,000 homes are without power, but no abnormalities have been reported at the region's nuclear power plants and no tsunami warning has been issued.
Senior government officials are gathering for an emergency meeting at the Prime Minister's office, broadcaster NHK reported.
Train and subway service including the bullet train that links Osaka to Tokyo was stopped have been suspended to check for damage to equipment.
Footage on national broadcaster NHK showed flooding from burst underground water pipes, train passengers forced to exit along train lines, and schoolchildren gathering outside in precautionary evacuations.
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"It was not as bad as the Kobe quake", he told the Associated Press from Osaka. The Japan Meteorological Agency has updated the magnitude of the quake to a stronger 6.1.