Fukushima (dpa) - At least one person was killed in an explosion in a residential area in Japan. The local media reported. Several people were injured.

A gas leak in a restaurant is believed to be the cause of the explosion in the city of Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture. Only the scaffolding of the building remained, it was said. It is said to have been under renovation when the explosion occurred in the morning.

It was so violent that other nearby buildings were also damaged. Residents compared the shock caused by the explosion to that of an earthquake. The injured were taken to the hospital.

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