Strong Earthquake Rocks Northeastern Japan

By: AP
By: AP

TOKYO (AP) -- A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit
Japan's northeastern coast on Sunday, prompting a brief tsunami
warning for the area still recovering from a devastating quake and
killer wave four months ago.

Residents in coastal areas were warned to evacuate for about two
hours after the quake, but there were no immediate reports of

The tsunami warning was lifted after the forecast arrival time of the waves passed in most areas without any tsunami being recorded.

The quake hit at 9:57 local time (0057 GMT and 7:57 Dothan time).

The epicenter of the quake was in the Pacific Ocean off the coast
of Japan's main island, Honshu.

Japan's northeast coastline was devastated by an earthquake and
tsunami on March 11 that left nearly 23,000 dead or missing and
touched off a nuclear crisis at a badly damaged facility in Fukushima.

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