The Latest: Fourth death confirmed in Osaka-area earthquake

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    The Latest on a powerful earthquake in Japan (all times local):

    11:30 p.m.

    Authorities say the death toll from Monday’s powerful earthquake in western Japan has risen to four.

    The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck north of Osaka, Japan’s second-largest city, injuring more than 300 people.

    Officials in Takatsuki city confirmed the fourth death, of a city resident, but details were not known. Kyodo News said the victim was an 81-year-old woman who died after a wardrobe fell on her at home.

    A 9-year-old schoolgirl was killed in the city earlier Monday when the concrete wall of a school compound fell on the street as she walked by. Two men in their 80s died after being hit by falling objects.

    Dozens of flights were grounded and trains were halted, although some resumed operation by Monday evening.

    8:20 p.m.

    Authorities in western Japan say the number of people treated for injuries suffered in a strong earthquake Monday morning now exceeds 300.

    The magnitude 6.1 earthquake near the major city of Osaka killed three people, toppled concrete walls and store shelves and temporarily knocked out some power and water supplies.

    The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 307 people have been treated at hospitals in five prefectures. Most of the injured were in Osaka, which did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.

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    3 p.m.

    Authorities in western Japan say the number of people treated for injuries suffered in a strong earthquake Monday morning now exceeds 210.

    The magnitude 6.1 earthquake near the major city of Osaka killed three people, toppled concrete walls and store shelves and temporarily knocked out some power and water supplies.

    The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 214 people have been treated at hospitals in five prefectures. Most of the injured were in Osaka, which did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.

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    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.

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    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.

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    9:10 a.m.

    A strong earthquake has shaken the city of Osaka in western Japan. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete.

    The Japan Meteorological Agency says a quake with preliminary magnitude of 5.9 struck Monday around 8 a.m. The inland earthquake poses no tsunami risk.

    Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga says there were no reports of major damage as of 8:30 a.m. No injuries have been reported.

    View the original article: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/latest-feared-dead-japan-earthquake-41-injured-55966714

    Train and subway service including the bullet train have been suspended to check for damage to equipment.

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