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Earthquake rocks Japan; tsunami advisory issued

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Earthquake hits japanA magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off northwestern Japan on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami advisory for three prefectures in the region.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake struck Tuesday night at 10:22, or 9:22 a.m. EDT, 30 miles southwest of Sakata and more than six miles below the surface. Sakata is about 200 miles north of Tokyo.

The tsunami advisory was for Yamagata and Niigata Prefectures and the Noto area of Ishikawa Prefecture. No problems were reported at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in the region.


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