KASHIWAZAKI, Japan — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan's northwest coast on Monday, killing at least five people. The quake injured hundreds of people, flattened scores of buildings and triggered a fire at a nuclear power plant.
Fire sirens could be heard in hard-hit Kashiwazaki city, and older buildings were reduced to piles of lumber. National broadcaster NHK reported more than 500 people were hurt, with injuries including broken bones, cuts and bruises.
Five people in their 70s and 80s — four women and one man — died after being crushed when buildings collapsed on them in the quake, said Takashi Morita, a spokesman for the National Police Agency in Tokyo.