A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong earthquake in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka.
The Osaka prefectural government reported two deaths, and an Ibaraki city official confirmed a third.
The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck north of Osaka city Monday shortly after 8 a.m.
It set off multiple building fires and toppled walls. Train service was suspended across a wide area during the morning commute.
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck around 8 a.m. about 10 kilometers (6 miles) underground, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The strongest shaking was in an area north of Osaka city, the agency said.
The Japanese government had not received reports of major damage as of 8:30 a.m., spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters. Television images showed goods scattered on the floor of shops and building debris in streets.
The morning commute was disrupted as train and subway service in the Osaka area including the bullet train were suspended to check for damage to equipment.