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Tsunami warning lifted for strong Japan earthquake

6:22 AM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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TOKYO -- Japan's Meteorological Agency has lifted a tsunami warning for the country's northeastern coast.

The warning was issued after a magnitude 7.3 quake struck offshore at 5:18 p.m. (0818 GMT) Friday, swaying buildings across much of Japan. There were no immediate reports of serious damage but two people were reportedly hurt.

After the quake, authorities issued a warning that a tsunami potentially as high as 2 meters (2.2 yards) could hit. Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi, reported that a tsunami of 1 meter (1 yard) hit at 6:02 p.m. (0902 GMT).

About two hours after the quake struck, the tsunami warning was cancelled.

 

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press

The Associated Press

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