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Earthquake Near Japan Triggers Tsunami Warning

by The Associated Press
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December 21, 2010

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 has struck in the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami warning off the southern coast of Japan.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake occurred about 80 miles off the southern coast of Chichi Island in the Pacific Ocean. The offshore quake struck at around 2:20 a.m. local time.

The U.S. Geological Survey also put the quake's magnitude at 7.4.

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Strong Earthquake Hits Japan

Tokyo – A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the southern part of Japan Wednesday, according to the United States Geological Survey. Several nearby islands were also affected and people are ordered to evacuate as the earthquake caused tsunamis that are a foot high.

There were no reports of casualties or injuries after the quake hit the islands. It was not immediately clear also if there were property damages on the affected areas of the country.

Residents near the coast of the island, known as the Ogasawara islands among locals, were ordered to evacuate immediately and seek higher grounds as the United States Geological Survey warned of possible tsunamis to hit the archipelago.

Later however, local officials lowered the alert level and issued warnings of smaller waves in the island.

Twenty minutes after the major earthquake hit, it was then followed by two aftershocks. The first aftershock was 5.6-magnitude and the other was 5.4-magnitude. The aftershocks were about one minute apart.'

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