Both victims are from the hardest-hit town of Mashiki, about 9 miles east of Kumamoto city on the island of Kyushu. One of them died after being pulled from some rubble and the other was killed in a fire. “The shaking was so violent I couldn’t stand still,” said Hironobu Kosaki, a Kumamoto Prefectural Police night-duty official. According to police and firefighters, around 20 houses collapsed in and around Mashiki, trapping people in buildings and under the debris. Rescue operations were repeatedly disrupted by aftershocks. Water supply had been cut off. train operations on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line were temporarily suspended. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said runways at several Kyushu airports were being inspected for damage. Traffic had stopped on some expressways .There no abnormalities at nearby nuclear facilities. The epicenter was 74 miles northeast of Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear plant. No tsunami warning was issued.
Four people were killed.