Strong quake shakes Osaka in western Japan

Strong quake shakes Osaka in western Japan

A strong quake shook the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning, causing scattered damage including broken glass and partial building collapses.

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.

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According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the quake had an epicenter in the northern region in the prefecture and occurred at a depth of about 10 kilometers.

Abe said he had instructed his staff to "swiftly collect information on damage, make utmost efforts in rescuing and saving lives".

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The Tokaido Shinkansen services have been suspended between Maibara and Shin-Osaka stations and the Sanyo Shinkansen Line services have been stopped between Shin-Osaka and Okayama stations.

Kansai Electric Power said no irregularities had been detected at the Mihama, Takahama and Ohi nuclear plants after the quake. The strongest shaking was in an area north of Osaka city, the agency said.

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The quake registered a lower six on the Japanese Shindo scale of up to seven, meaning it is hard to stay standing.

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