The earthquake has caused widespread disruption and damage in the Kansai area of Japan. Reports indicate that there have been at least 12 deaths, with many buildings, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed. Thousands of people are still without power as of this report. Many of the affected areas have declared a state of emergency as they respond to the disaster. Rescue and recovery operations are now the priority. The government and emergency services are responding to the situation and doing their best to ensure the safety of the citizens of Japan.