Monday, July 16, 2007

Strong earthquake jolts northwestern Japan

7 killed, hundreds of homes destroyed; nuke plant leaks radioactive water
MSNBC News Service

KASHIWAZAKI, Japan - The impact of a strong quake Monday in northwestern Japan caused the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant -- the world's largest – to leak water containing radioactive materials, a company spokesman said.

At least seven people were killed by the quake, which destroyed hundreds of homes, buckled seaside bridges and caused a fire at the nuclear power plant.

The quake, which left fissures 3 feet wide in the ground along the coast, hit shortly after 10 a.m. local time and was centered off Niigata state. Buildings swayed 160 miles away in Tokyo. Sirens wailed in Kashiwazaki, a city of about 90,000, which appeared to be hardest hit.

See: Strong earthquake jolts Japan

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