A magnitude 6.1 earthquake killed five people and injured more than 370 in Osaka, Japan on Monday (AP). Just after the earthquake, inspectors halted train service in Osaka for six hours to check for damages (CNN). In Takatsuki, the city in Osaka prefecture that experienced the largest shock, several water pipes broke and roads suffered damage (CNN). Aftershocks continue to rattle Osaka, and the Japan Meteorological Agency warns that the tremors combined with rain could cause landslides (NHK).
One of the victims of the quake was a nine-year-old girl, who died after the wall of her school’s swimming facility trapped her (Reuters). In response to this casualty, Education Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi ordered all public schools to inspect their walls for earthquake safety violations (AP). Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii also urged private property owners to assess the risks of their cinder-block walls (AP). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated, “I want to ensure school safety . . . We must prevent a recurrence of this kind of tragedy” (Japan Times).
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