6.5-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern coast of Japan

By Kyle Johnson,

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of Japan early Saturday morning local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and a tsunami advisory was issued.

It was initially said to be a 6.8, but the USGS has since revised the magnitude for the quake, which hit about 80 miles off the coast of Namie. The depth of the quake was nearly 7 miles.

The Japan Meteorological Agency, which continues to say the quake was a 6.8, also issued a tsunami advisory for the Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefecture.

The agency does not believe that any strong waves will be generated by the quake, and damage is not likely, but warned that anyone out in the water along the coast of Tohoku should leave the area, and a strong current is expected as well as a slight sea-level change.

BBC News reports that there are no reports of damage to the nuclear plant in Fukushima, though the NHK says that a further investigation is under way to be sure.



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