3 confirmed dead in powerful Osaka quake

3 dead, more than 200 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region

3 dead, more than 200 injured after M6.1 quake hits northern Osaka region

The epicenter of Monday's quake was just north of Osaka city at a depth of 13 km (8 miles), said the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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.

Media reported she had been trapped when a wall collapsed on her at school following the 6.1-magnitude quake.

The Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) in Osaka has opened an emergency hotline following a 6.1 Richer scale quake striking the prefecture on Monday morning.

"The government has united to respond (to the disaster) under the policy to put top priority on people's lives", Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said as the government set up an emergency response team.

KJRI Osaka further said the Japanese government had issued a notice for the possibility of another quake that could be stronger in the coming days. Auto makers Honda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Daihatsu all stopped production at plants in the region.

Tractor maker Kubota Corp. said it halted two plants in the area, while air conditioner maker Daikin Industries Ltd suspended operations at two plants, one of which resumed by noon.

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A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong quake in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka.

The Osaka prefectural government reported two deaths, and an Ibaraki city official confirmed a third. "I thought it was a nightmare because I was so confused", she said.

Officials also said its focus was 13 kilometers below the surface in northern Osaka Prefecture.

Natural disaster in Japan: Trains and subways in Japan's Osaka were halted after an quake.

Osaka prefecture, which includes the city and surrounding areas, has a population of 8.8 million.

More than 170,000 homes were without power as of 9.50am, regional utility Kansai Electric Power said, although there were no reports of abnormalities at its nuclear plants in the region. The city is close to Kobe, which was hit by a deadly magnitude 6.9 quake in 1995.

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