NEW VIDEO: Four Dead, Hundreds Injured in Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake (VIDEO)


A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has hit just north of the city of Osaka in western Japan, leaving at least four dead and hundreds injured.

The earthquake hit early Monday morning in Japan, late Sunday U.S. time.

Among the dead are a young girl and two elderly gentlemen.

Initial reports put the injured toll at less than 100, but the latest reports put that number much higher.

UPDATE: Some new information, as well as video, is included here.

The Associated Press issued these initial bulletins after the quake hit (times are local in Japan).

1 p.m.

Japanese disaster authorities say more than 90 people were injured in the strong earthquake in Osaka on Monday morning.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the city of Osaka and the surrounding area about 8 a.m. (2300 GMT Sunday).

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said the number of the injured had risen to 91 about three and a half hours later. Municipal authorities have confirmed three deaths in Osaka and a nearby city, a 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s.

The quake set off building fires, toppled concrete walls and cracked roads and water pipes. Dozens of flights in and out of Osaka were grounded and train service was suspended across a wide area.

11:45 a.m.

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.


10:45 a.m.

Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an earthquake in western Japan.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the city of Osaka and the surrounding area Monday about 8 a.m.

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. Japanese media reported one of the likely victims is a 9-year-old girl found at a school.

Japanese authorities don’t confirm death until after an examination at a hospital.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has updated the magnitude of the quake to 6.1, stronger than the initial 5.9 magnitude.

These tweets provide pictures and video from the scene.

This dashcam video shows the strength of the jolt on vehicles on elevated roadways.

In many areas close to the epicenter, walls tumbled and building facades were damaged, but the buildings stayed largely intact, due to earthquake standards in building regulations.

Water mains across the area ruptured from the quake.

In some areas, hanging signs toppled.

India TV provides this look at the area.

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