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Magnitude-7.1 quake triggers tsunami advisories in Japan

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    Friday, October 25, 2013, 3:56 PM -

    A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Japan's east coast early Saturday morning, not far from the Fukushima nuclear plant, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

    "A 30 cm tsunami was measured in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan at 2:07pm EDT (US time)," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

    "That's east of the city of Sendai, which was devastated during the 2011 quake. There are reports that workers at the Fukushima plant have been evacuated as a precaution."

    Tsunami advisories were in place, but were dropped shortly after.

    There have been no reports of damages or injuries.

    According to the Associated Press, all but two of Japan's 50 nuclear reactors have been offline since a magnitude 9.0 quake slammed the country in March, 2011.

    Meanwhile, some communities have been forced to evacuate as Tropical Storm Francisco brings heavy rain to parts of Japan.

    With files from the Associated Press

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