At least 3 dead after 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits Japan

By Ray Downs  |  June 18, 2018 at 2:44 AM
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June 18 (UPI) -- At least three people died and more than 200 were injured after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the Japanese city of Osaka during the morning rush hour Monday.

The quake struck around 8:00 a.m. in the city with a population of nearly 2.7 million.

According to the Japan Times, a 9-year-old girl was killed when a wall surrounding a swimming pool fell on her. Two elderly men died in different locations, one crushed by a falling wall and the other by a falling bookcase.

Several more people are believed to be dead.

Power was cut to more than 170,000 homes for several hours, but local reports said electricity has been restored.

About 700 people were moved to evacuation centers, NHK reported.

Firefighters were called to put out fires across the city that were ignited by the earthquake.

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