No reports of S'poreans hurt or tour cancellations

Singaporeans have not been affected by the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Osaka on Monday, with no reports of injuries and tour groups going ahead with trips as planned.

However, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised Singaporeans in affected areas to "take the necessary safety precautions, monitor the local news for updates and heed the advice of the local authorities". The spokesman added: "You should also stay in touch with your family and friends so that they know you are safe."

The quake shook the western Japanese prefecture at 7.58am (6.58am Singapore time), leaving five people dead and some 370 injured.

Travel agents say tour groups from Singapore have been unaffected. "Our customers mainly are departing for Hokkaido via Tokyo for this week and we have not received cancellations for their tours," said Ms Alicia Seah, director of PR and communications at Dynasty Travels.

Travel firms also said they did not receive cancellations. Chan Brothers Travel head of marketing communications Jane Chang said: "We have not received any calls of concern or requests for cancellations."

National University of Singapore student Low Jia Jin, 23, who has been travelling in the area, said: "Osaka basically looks unchanged. There was no panic or anything."

Jasia Shamdasani

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2018, with the headline 'No reports of S'poreans hurt or tour cancellations'. Print Edition | Subscribe