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On Monday morning, an earthquake rattled the Osaka region of Japan. With a magnitude of 6.1, the earthquake killed four and injured over three hundred and fifty people. The tremor occurred after 8 a.m. It caused damage to roads, fires across the prefecture and water mains to burst.

Japanese news outlets reported various incidents that stemmed from the earthquake. There were fourteen cases where people got trapped inside elevators. Officials also confirmed that collapsing walls caused two deaths in Japan. One occurred in an elementary school where a nine-year-old got crushed. The other victim was an eighty-four-year-old man killed by his bookshelf toppling over him.



Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants the primary focus to be on the safety of the Japanese residents. He told agency leaders to “swiftly collect information on damage, make utmost efforts in rescuing and saving lives.” After the earthquake, over a hundred and seventy thousand homes lost power in Osaka, along with seven hundred houses in Hyogo.


Since Japan is located over the west part of the Pacific Plate, it’s not unusual for Japan to receive earthquakes. Zachary Reeves, a U.S Geological Survey seismologist, commented,

“That’s what makes seismic activity much more common under these regions.” However, just because the natural disaster happens there often, that does not mean it should be taken lightly.

Toshiyuki Matsumori, an earthquake monitor at the Japanese meteorological agency, said, “There are fears that the risk of house collapses and landslides has increased in the areas shaken strongly. Please make sure that you are fully on alert about seismic activities and information on rainfall, and stay clear of dangerous places.”

Another research scientist living near the epicenter, Atsushi Yokoi, said,

The earthquake woke me up. It felt like strong sideways shaking and lasted about five seconds, and I stayed there until it stopped. Though most [of the] public transport was still paralyzed, buses were working. All the experiments planned have bee canceled and postponed until we are absolutely sure that there’s no risk of an aftershock.”

There have been no warnings for a tsunami at this time.

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