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Tsunami advisory lifted after quake off northeast Japan

The quake's epicenter was at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles).

A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan early on Tuesday, triggering minor tsunamis but no reports of major damage or injuries.

The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami advisory two hours after it was issued following the quake, which hit at 8 a.m. Japan time (2300 GMT).

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The quake’s epicenter was at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6 miles). It shook much of northeast Japan and could be felt in Tokyo, 690 kilometers (430 miles) away.

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Small tsunamis of up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) were recorded after the quake along the coast of Iwate prefecture, according to the agency, much smaller than the possible 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami mentioned in the advisory.

Several smaller aftershocks were also reported in the area.

The earthquake struck in the same region hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, killing more than 18,000 people.

First published on: 17-02-2015 at 08:54:04 am
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