USGS: 7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off coast of Fukishima region
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An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan's east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan's emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the area.
The quake hit at 10:10 a.m., the USGS said.
The tremor was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles away.
Japan's Meteorological Agency raised the tsunami warning for the area of Honshu of about 3 feet. But the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.
Japanese authorities have issued a tsunami advisory for Fukushima Prefecture, expecting a 1-meter (3-foot) tsunami by 1:40pm EDT US time.— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) October 25, 2013
All but two of Japan's 50 reactors have been offline since the March 2011 magnitude-9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami triggered multiple meltdowns and massive radiation leaks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, about 160 miles northeast of Tokyo.
About 19,000 people were killed.
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