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December 7, 2012


Magnitude 7.3 quake hits northeast Japan



A strong earthquake has hit northeastern Japan.

The Meteorological Agency says the 7.3-magnitude quake occurred at 5:18 PM Friday, Japan time.

The quake's focus was 10 kilometers under the seabed off the Sanriku coast. The area was hit by a magnitude-9 quake and tsunami on March 11th last year.

At 6:02 PM, a 1-meter-high tsunami was observed in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture.

At 6:10 PM, a 20-centimeter tsunami was observed at Ofunato Port in Iwate Prefecture.

Shortly after 7 PM, the Meteorological Agency lifted all tsunami warnings and advisories for the region.

The quake had an intensity of 5-minus on the Japanese scale of zero to 7 in parts of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures.

Smaller jolts were felt in Tokyo and other areas.

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