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Strong earthquake strikes off northeastern Japan

A strong earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan and authorities have issued a warning of a possible tsunami.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. local time Friday. The epicentre was 10 kilometers beneath the seabed.

The warning said the tsunami could be as high as two metres.

Buildings in Tokyo swayed for at least several minutes.


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Good news - NBC is reporting that waves are only 3ft high.


Updated at 5:10 a.m. ET: Tsunami waves up to 3 feet high hit the coast of Japan Friday, after a strong earthquake in the sea that shook buildings 300 miles away in Tokyo.

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