Osaka quake: No reports of injuries among Singaporeans in Japan, no tour cancellations

People pause to look at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture, on June 18, 2018.
People pause to look at a collapsed house following an earthquake in Ibaraki City, north of Osaka prefecture, on June 18, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Singaporeans have not been affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Osaka, Japan, on Monday (June 18) with no reports of injuries and tour groups going ahead with their trips as planned.

However a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) 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 earthquake shook the western Japan prefecture at 7.58am local time (6.58am Singapore time) leaving four people dead - a nine-year-old girl and two men and one woman in their 80s - and at least 350 others injured.

However, 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.

Mr Shawnz Hahnemman, IT Manager at Hahnemman Travel, said: "All our customers are already back in Singapore."

 
 

Travel companies also said they had not received any cancellations.

Ms Jane Chang, head of marketing communications at Chan Brothers Travel, said: "We have not received any calls of concern or requests for cancellations."

Ms Lim Hui Juan, co-founder and director at Quotient Travel Planner, said: "We don't have any bookings that are due to be cancelled, everything is going on smoothly."

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. I went for my dinner reservations and no one even mentioned the earthquake."