Photo/IllutrationTeachers offer a silent prayer on June 25 at Juei Elementary School in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, where Rina Miyake was killed a week earlier when a concrete block wall collapsed in an earthquake. (Yoshinori Mizuno)

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TAKATSUKI, Osaka Prefecture--Teachers at Juei Elementary School here bowed their heads in prayer on the morning of June 25 at 7:58 a.m., exactly one week after a wall collapsed in an earthquake and killed a 9-year-old girl.

The powerful earthquake struck the region on June 18 with its focus in the northern part of the prefecture, killing five people, including the fourth-grader, Rina Miyake, and injuring hundreds.

The top section of a concrete block wall that stood adjacent to the school's swimming pool toppled and killed the girl as she was on her way to school.

Minoru Yasui, 80, was killed in Osaka's Higashi-Yodogawa Ward after a wall of a house collapsed on him while he was going to serve as a crossing guard near a school.

Children were allowed to walk again on June 25 along the road where he died for the first time in a week as safety has been ensured.

The temblor, which measured up to a lower 6 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7, damaged more than 6,900 buildings in Osaka and three neighboring prefectures.

Municipal offices in affected areas have been inundated with residents seeking a disaster victim’s certificate, which allows them to seek public assistance.

All utilities, including gas, were restored to normal as of June 24.

In Osaka Prefecture, 469 people remain evacuated in municipalities including Takatsuki and Ibaraki, along with 10 residents in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture.