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Japan: Three dead as 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Osaka

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6.1 earthquake in Osaka

At least three people, including a child, were killed after a strong earthquake rocked the Japanese city of Osaka during the morning rush hour, government officials said.

The 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck just before 8:00am (23:00 GMT) on Monday, knocking over walls and injuring at least 230 people.

"We are doing our best to respond to this disaster urgently as some areas still cannot access gas or water. As of now, there is no damage at nuclear power facilities such as Takahama nuclear power plant and Oi nuclear power plant," Yoshide Suga, Japan's chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference.

Local police said the child who was killed was a nine-year-old girl who lived in the city of Takatsuki, north of Osaka, where a wall collapsed on her at school.

National broadcast NHK said an elderly man was also killed by a collapsing wall, while another was trapped below a bookcase at home.

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