Tsunami warning lifted after 7.3-magnitude quake hits Japan off Fukushima coast; no reports of damage


Associated Press

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 1:33 PM

TOKYO (AP) — A tsunami warning has been lifted after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck early Saturday off Japan's east coast.

Tsunamis of up to 15 inches were reported at four areas along the coast, but the advisory for a region that included the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah dy-EE'-chee) nuclear plant was lifted less than two hours later after the quake struck.

There have been no reports of damage on land so far, and Japanese television images show calm waters in the nation's harbors.

The quake hit at 2:10 a.m. Tokyo time. The U.S. Geological Survey says it was centered about 170 miles off Fukushima. The tremor was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles away.

A disaster official in the Fukushima prefecture describes the quake as "fairly big" and says it cause "quite a bit" of rattling, but "nothing fell to the floor or broke."

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203-c-12-(Ken Moritsugu (moh-riht-SOO'-goo), AP correspondent)-"no apparent damage"-AP correspondent Ken Moritsugu reports an earthquake has struck off Japan's east coast. ((watch for dating)) (25 Oct 2013)

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204-c-21-(Ken Moritsugu (moh-riht-SOO'-goo), AP correspondent)-"and be safe"-AP correspondent Ken Moritsugu reports as always with earthquakes off Japan, authorities are on guard for tsunami danger. (25 Oct 2013)

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191-a-08-(John Bellini, seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, in AP interview)-"any at all"-Seismologist John Bellini says the quake was strong, but it was off the Japanese coast. (25 Oct 2013)

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192-a-07-(John Bellini, seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, in AP interview)-"casualty or damage"-Seismologist John Bellini says the quake does not look like it will cause much damage. (25 Oct 2013)

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190-a-13-(John Bellini, seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey, in AP interview)-"the coast there"-Seismologist John Bellini says an earthquake has been reported off the Japanese coast. (25 Oct 2013)

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APPHOTO GFX0372: Map locates where a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm; (25 Oct 2013)

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