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Strong earthquake hits off the coast of Japan

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 11, 2014, 5:11 PM -

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has been detected 151 km east-south-east of Namie -- not far from where a 2011 earthquake caused a nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

The quake was 11 km deep and occurred at 4:22 a.m. local time Saturday morning, according to news outlet NHK. USGS originally reported that the quake was a magnitude 6.8 quake, but that was later downgraded.

Tokyo Electric is reporting no irregularities at the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the quake.

Japan's Meteorological Agency has issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific coast in the region of Tohoku, but there have been no immediate reports of damages, injuries or deaths.

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People in the area are being advised to "get out of the water and leave the coast immediately."

According to NHK, the local weather agency observed 20 cm-high tsunami at 5:12 a.m. in Ishinomaki City.

No tsunami watches or warnings have been issued by Environment Canada, NOAA or the USGS.

"Subduction zones at the Japanese arcs are geologically complex and produce numerous earthquakes from multiple sources," The USGS says in a statement.

The country straddles four of the planet's major tectonic plates: the Pacific plate, the North America plate, the Eurasia plant and the Philippine Sea plate.


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