2 feared dead after natural disaster hits Osaka in western Japan

Train service was suspended across a wide area during the morning commute.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said one person had no heartbeat and wasn't breathing and a second person also had no vital signs.

An quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit western Japan on Monday but the top government spokesman said there were no immediate signs of major damage.

A 9-year-old girl has been found in cardiac and respiratory arrest at an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, after she was caught between the walls at a swimming pool. The Osaka prefectural government reported two deaths, and an Ibaraki city official confirmed a third.


The Yomiuri Shimbun An estimated magnitude-5.9 quake occurred in Osaka Prefecture at about 7: 58 a.m. Monday.

Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters at a hastily convened press conference that there were no immediate reports of heavy damage, and that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had ordered relevant ministries to gather information on the quake. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

A powerful quake struck Osaka and neighboring prefectures on June 18, knocking out power in a widespread area and disrupting Shinkansen and local train services.

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