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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