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    7.3 Earthquake Hits Japan

    Japan Meteorological Agency officer Makoto Saito points to the focus of a large earthquake on a map of northern Japan at the agency in Tokyo on December 7, 2012.  Japanese authorities issued a tsunami alert for the northeast coast after a powerful 7.3-magnitude undersea earthquake struck, but all tsunami warnings were lifted. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO        (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP / Getty Images

    A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the northeast coast of Japan and set off a minor tsunami on Friday. The one-meter tsunami came ashore in the prefecture of Miyagi, where officials closed some roads and suspended rail services, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake was much weaker than the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked the country in March 2011, causing 30-foot tsunamis that killed 15,000 people. Though it shook buildings in Tokyo, Friday’s earthquake actually took place 287 miles out to sea—much further than the 2011 quake. But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that it did not create a widespread tsunami warning for the Pacific Ocean.

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