One of the victims is a nine-year-old girl, pressed against the wall near the pool at school. Another two old people suffered fatal injuries, one of them died instantly, due to the collapse of the wall.
The railroad traffic in southwestern Japan is now practically stopped.
170,000 apartments and private houses are cut off from energy supplies.
Japan Times called the quake 'one of the most powerful ones over the decade'.
As we reported, a fire emerged in Chornobyl exclusion zone; the firemen and the State Emergency Service's aviation put it out quickly.