Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday evening after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country’s second-largest city, killing four people and injuring hundreds while knocking over walls and setting off fires.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake that struck the area early Monday damaged buildings and left many homes without water or gas. The quake also grounded flights in and out of Osaka and paralyzed traffic and commuter trains most of the day.

By evening, bullet trains and some local trains had resumed operation, and stations were swollen with commuters trying to get home, many of them waiting in long lines. An exodus of commuters who chose to walk home filled sidewalks and bridges. (AP)

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<p>The gate of Myotoku-ji temple collapses after an earthquake hit Ibaraki City, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

The gate of Myotoku-ji temple collapses after an earthquake hit Ibaraki City, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Debris of damaged walls are scattered following an earthquake, in Ibaraki, Osaka, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Debris of damaged walls are scattered following an earthquake, in Ibaraki, Osaka, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>People pause to look at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

People pause to look at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>People stand in lines to buy tickets when Shinkansen bullet train service was resumed at Shin-Osaka train station in Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

People stand in lines to buy tickets when Shinkansen bullet train service was resumed at Shin-Osaka train station in Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Police officers investigate the site where an elementary school student was killed after the walls next to the school pool had collapsed due to a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Police officers investigate the site where an elementary school student was killed after the walls next to the school pool had collapsed due to a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>This picture shows a collapsed house following an earthquake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

This picture shows a collapsed house following an earthquake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Collapsed walls sit in front of a house after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Collapsed walls sit in front of a house after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>People walk on a bridge while train and subway service were suspended to check for damage after an earthquake in Osaka, western Japan, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

People walk on a bridge while train and subway service were suspended to check for damage after an earthquake in Osaka, western Japan, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Meika Fujio/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>A man cycles on a flooded road damaged after an earthquake hit Osaka, Japan June 18, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Photo: Twitter/@tw_hds/via Reuters) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

A man cycles on a flooded road damaged after an earthquake hit Osaka, Japan June 18, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Photo: Twitter/@tw_hds/via Reuters)

<p>Workers fix a sinkhole on a road caused a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Workers fix a sinkhole on a road caused a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>People gather to receive clean drinking water delivered from a special vehicle after an earthquake hit Takatsuki city, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Keiji Uesho/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

People gather to receive clean drinking water delivered from a special vehicle after an earthquake hit Takatsuki city, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Keiji Uesho/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Passengers get off a train which suspended its service in Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Passengers get off a train which suspended its service in Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Wall lies on road after it fell down following an earthquake near an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka, Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning. (Photo: Shuichiro Sugiyama/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Wall lies on road after it fell down following an earthquake near an elementary school in Takatsuki, Osaka, Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around the city of Osaka in western Japan on Monday morning. (Photo: Shuichiro Sugiyama/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Scattered objects lie in the kitchen of a damaged house in Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake has shaken the city of Osaka in western Japan. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Scattered objects lie in the kitchen of a damaged house in Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake has shaken the city of Osaka in western Japan. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Electric boards lean at a platform of Ibaraki-shi train station in Ibaraki City, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Electric boards lean at a platform of Ibaraki-shi train station in Ibaraki City, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Smoke rises from a house blaze in Takatsuki, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>Passengers descend from a train on the track after train service was suspended to check for damage following an earthquake in Takatsuki city, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

Passengers descend from a train on the track after train service was suspended to check for damage following an earthquake in Takatsuki city, Osaka, western Japan, Monday, June 18, 2018. (Photo: Kyodo News via AP)

<p>School children take shelter at schoolyard in Ikeda, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake has shaken the city of Osaka in western Japan. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete. (Photo: Takaki Yajima/Kyodo News via AP) </p>
Powerful quake shakes Osaka, Japan

School children take shelter at schoolyard in Ikeda, Osaka, following an earthquake Monday, June 18, 2018. A strong earthquake has shaken the city of Osaka in western Japan. There are reports of scattered damage including broken glass and concrete. (Photo: Takaki Yajima/Kyodo News via AP)

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