Japan Earthquake Kills 4, Injures More Than 300

Weather.com – June 18, 2018

At least four people died and more than 300 were injured when a strong earthquake knocked over walls and ignited scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in Western Japan on Monday.

A falling concrete wall at a school killed a 9-year-old girl during the 5.5 magnitude quake. Two fatalities were men in their 80s, while officials later said they confirmed the death of an 81-year-old woman in Takatsuki.

Most of the injured were in Osaka – Japan’s No. 2 city bustling with businesses. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.

A falling concrete wall knocked down Rina Miyake as she walked by at her elementary school in Takatsuki. NHK public television aired footage showing the collapsed upper half of the high wall, which was cheerfully painted with trees, flowers and blue sky and surrounded the school swimming pool.

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