2 feared dead in Japan earthquake, 41 injured

A shop employee clears broken bottles following an earthquake near Osaka western Japan

Japanese disaster authorities say two people have been found without vital signs and 41 others injured by an quake in western Japan. As the quake was centred inland, there was no fear of a tsunami.

The magnitude 6.1 natural disaster struck north of Osaka city Monday shortly after 8 a.m. At 13 kilometres (8.1 miles) it was relatively shallow, and caused heavy shaking that registered a lower 6 on the Japanese scale of 7.

It disrupted the morning commute for thousands of people, including those outside the city, with bullet train and subway services suspended while they were checked for damage.

Train guide electric boards tilt following an quake at Ibaraki-shi Station in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. More than 170,000 households in Osaka and neighboring Hyogo prefecture lost power temporarily but it was restored within two hours, the utility said. There were no reports of abnormalities at its nuclear plants in the region.

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One victim was a 9-year-old girl who was knocked down by a concrete wall at her elementary school as she walked by. Passengers were seen exiting trains on the tracks between stations. In 2016, the magnitude 7 quake that caused significant damage and multiple casualties in southern Kumamoto was preceded two days earlier by a magnitude 6.2 temblor.

Automakers Honda Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. unit Daihatsu all stopped production at plants in the region.

Live footage showed burst water mains and a house on fire after the quake hit Osaka, which will host next year's Group of 20 summit, just before 8 a.m. (2300 GMT Sunday) as commuters were heading to work.

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

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