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Osaka Quake Leaves Three Dead, Disrupts Transport and Retail

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TOKYO—Retail operations in Japan’s second-largest city were disrupted on Monday after a strong earthquake struck Osaka shortly after 8 a.m. local time. The quake, which had a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale, registered a lower six on the Japanese experiential scale that goes up to seven, meaning it is hard to remain standing. As of Monday afternoon, three deaths and over 200 injuries had been reported due to the natural disaster. The tremor left collapsed walls, scattered fires, broken windows, cracked roads, and broken water pipes in its wake, resulting in many homes that were without water. It also toppled furniture and left goods scattered on shop floors. The earthquake halted subway, overground, and bullet train lines, leaving many commuters stranded during the morning rush hour. Local media reported passengers could be seen disembarking from trains in between stations and continuing on foot. Dozens of domestic flights into and out of Osaka were also grounded. Around 170,000 homes and local businesses in the area were temporarily without power, although reports said that electricity had been restored to most places by the afternoon. Many retailers were affected by the earthquake. A spokesman for Takashimaya said that five of the company’s department stores

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