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Powerful quake strikes off Okinawa

TOKYO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A 6.9-magnitude earthquake deep under the ocean floor struck offshore Okinawa, Japan, just before noon Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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CNN reported no tsunami alerts were issued.

The USGS said the quake, 130 miles under the ocean floor, struck at 11:59 a.m. local time 133 miles northwest of Naha, Okinawa, 310 miles east-northeast of Taipei, Taiwan, and 710 miles south of Seoul.

CNN quoted the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center the quake did not set of a tsunami.

Okinawa is more than 1,000 miles from Fukushima in northeastern Japan.

The region was devastated by a 9-magnitude earthquake and a tsunami on March 11. A nuclear crisis set off by that quake at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is yet to be fully contained.

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