A powerful quake rocked Japan's second city of Osaka on Monday, killing three people including a nine-year-old girl and injuring more than 300, according to an official tally.
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The magnitude 6.1 natural disaster near the major city of Osaka killed three people, toppled concrete walls and store shelves and temporarily knocked out some power and water supplies. Commuters had to walk in dark tunnels to get to their next stop.
Most trains in the Osaka area were still not running by late afternoon, police said.
About 850 people took refuge at some 400 shelters in Osaka Prefecture, with many concrete block walls and other structures damaged by the quake.
The Osaka prefectural government reported two deaths, and an Ibaraki city official confirmed a third.
Several roads suffered severe damage and water pipes burst, sending water flowing onto streets in Takatsuki city where the biggest shock was felt.
Gas has been cut off to more than 100,000 households in Osaka, while some 170,000 houses in Osaka and neighbouring Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures are left without power. Wall cracks and other minor damage were found at several schools.
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However, the 6.1 magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami warning and nuclear plants in the area are operating normally.
All subway operations of Osaka Metro Co. came to a temporary halt, while other railway services were also disrupted by the quake, inconveniencing commuters in the morning rush hour. Two men in their 80s also died, news reports said. Video on Japan's NHK public television showed dozens of men wearing ties and carrying briefcases sitting on gym mats at a junior high school gymnasium in Ibaraki city, where some families also gathered.
A massive magnitude 9.0 quake hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, triggering a huge tsunami that killed some 18 000 people and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster in a quarter of a century at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Many homes and buildings, including a major hospital, were temporarily without power, though electricity was restored at most places by midafternoon.
Defence troops joined rescue and relief operations in parts of Osaka, along with special vehicles to deliver clean drinking water.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage, according to CONRED, the government agency for disaster reduction.
Officials warned of strong aftershocks throughout the area and urged people to stay away from damaged structures.
Eiji Shibuya, 52, said the tremor reminded him of the devastating 1995 Kobe quake, which killed almost 6,500 people. Monday's quake followed a series of smaller ones reported near Tokyo in recent weeks. He said his wife ducked under a table and elevators in his office building were out of operation. I thought it was a nightmare because I was so confused.