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Japan cancels tsunami advisories following 6.8m earthquake

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the waters off the coast of Japan early Saturday morning, prompting tsunami advisories that were ultimately cancelled.
By JC Finley   |   July 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM   |   Comments

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TOKYO, July 11 (UPI) -- Japan's Meteorological Agency amended its tsunami advisory early Saturday following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck off Japan's coast at 4:22 a.m. local time.

The meteorological agency posted the following update at 6:15 a.m. local time, cancelling earlier posted tsunami advisories:

"Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected.

"Pay attention when fishing, swimming or engaging in other activities, as there may still be slight sea-level changes for the time being.

"No Major Tsunami Warnings, Tsunami Warnings and Advisories are currently in effect."

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that originally raised concerns of a tsunami struck 80 miles off the coast of Namie and 176 miles from Tokyo, at a depth of 11.1 kilometers, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of Saturday's quake was reportedly not far from Fukushima, where in 2011 an earthquake struck, causing a deadly tsunami that triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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