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No damages reported from magnitude 7.3 quake off Japan’s east coast

Japan earthquake
A handout image made available by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on Friday shows a shake map of a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck off the eastern coast of Japan.
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A magnitude 7.3 earthquake was recorded off Japan’s east coast early Saturday local time, but there were no immediate reports of damages, officials said.

A tsunami warning reportedly was raised for the Honshu area by Japan’s Meteorological Agency in response to the quake. It struck about 2:10 a.m. more than 200 miles off the coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor reportedly was felt in Tokyo, about 300 miles away.

No tsunami warnings were posted for the rest of the Pacific by the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami killed thousands of people and caused major damage at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.


[Updated, 12:08 p.m. PDT Oct. 25: A tsunami of 3 feet was forecast by the Weather Channel for the coast of Fukushima prefecture, to hit about 10:40 a.m. PDT. By about noon, a small tsunami of 1 foot was observed in Miyagi prefecture. The tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 was 60 feet.]

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