Japanese city Osaka was hit with an earthquake during rush hour in the morning, killing two men and one child, and injuring 214 people, according to the Japanese government.
The 5.3 magnitude earthquake affected Japan’s main Honshu Island, the tremors starting at around 8 a.m. according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Japan Meteorology Agency calculated the magnitude of the earthquake to be at 5.9. It rated the earthquake at “6 Lower” on its Seismic Intensity scale, meaning that the tremor was intense enough to prevent people from standing firmly on their feet.
A young girl aged 9 was one of the victims who after becoming trapped by a damaged wall in a swimming pool facility died in Takatsuki city, north of Osaka city.
Two elderly citizens of Osaka passed away during the earthquake, one an 85-year-old man who was trapped by a damaged wall in Yodogawa-ku, and an 80-year-old man who tragically died after a bookshelf fell on him at his home in Ibaraki.
The number of people injured was calculated to be 214, according to the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan Yoshihide Suga.
Roads also took massive damage and water pipes were also damaged, resulting in water flowing onto the streets of Takatsuki city, where the initial shock of the quake affected first.