A strong earthquake toppled walls and sparked fires on Monday morning around the Osaka metropolitan area in western Japan. At least three people died and dozens were injured.
The disaster management department of the Osaka prefecture government said two people were found dead, while the Ibaraki city official confirmed a third victim. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 90 were injured in Osaka and the nearby prefectures of Hyogo and Kyoto.
One of the victims was a 9-year-old girl who was knocked down by a concrete wall at her elementary school when she passed by. A man in his 80s died in the collapse of a concrete wall in the city of Osaka. An 84-year-old man from neighboring Ibaraki died after a bookcase fell on him at his home, according to city officials.
The magnitude 6.1 earthquake occurred shortly after 8 a.m. north of Osaka at a depth of about 13 kilometers (8 miles), said the Japan Meteorological Agency. The strongest shock occurred north of Osaka, but the earthquake shook much of western Japan, including Kyoto, the agency said.
The earthquake tore down walls, broke windows and caused fires of scattered buildings. He tore down book shelves in homes and scattered items on store floors. He also broke roads and broke water pipes, leaving houses without water.
The morning trip was interrupted, as dozens of domestic flights in and out of Osaka were stopped, while the train and subway service in the Osaka area, including the bullet train, were suspended to check for damage. The passengers were seen leaving the trains on the tracks between the stations.