Strong earthquake hits western Japan Strong earthquake hits western Japan

Strong earthquake hits western Japan

Japanese public television NHK and the private channel Asahi have confirmed the death toll from the earthquake in the western part of the country, while Osaka police told Agence France-Presse: It can not confirm this information immediately.

According to an initial toll, at least two people were killed, one young girl, more than 200 injured, power outage, rail traffic was suspended, work in a number of factories was halted, and water pipes were blown up.

The quake, measuring 6.1 on the US Geophysics Institute, occurred at 7:58 am local time (22:58 GMT Sunday) near Osaka, at a depth of 15.4 km.

At least one fire broke out in a house in northern Osaka, television pictures showed.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hastened to stress that the government was in a state of mobilization and said: "The priority is to save people's lives." He ordered his team to "immediately collect information on potential damage."

The earthquake caused power outages in some areas, causing train traffic to stop at a busy time, affecting more than 170,000 homes. The NRC did not see anything abnormal in the stations.

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