Tsunami warning lifted for strong Japan earthquake

Tsunami warning lifted for strong Japan earthquake

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Japan Meteorological Agency officer Makoto Saito points to the focus of a large earthquake on a map of northern Japan at the agency in Tokyo on December 7, 2012. Japanese authorities issued a tsunami alert for the northeast coast after a powerful 7.3-magnitude undersea earthquake struck, but all tsunami warnings were lifted. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:56 AM

TOKYO (AP) -- 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.

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