Tsunami warn­ing is­sued af­ter quake near Ja­pan

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TOKYO — Coastal res­i­dents in Ja­pan were or­dered to flee to higher ground on Tues­day af­ter a strong earth­quake with a mag­ni­tude of 7.4 struck off the coast of Fukushima pre­fec­ture.

The Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency is­sued a tsunami warn­ing for waves of up to 10 feet in Fukushima and another pre­fec­ture, and a tsunami ad­vi­sory for much of the rest of north­east Ja­pan’s Pa­cific coast. There were no im­me­di­ate re­ports of dam­age or in­jury, but the quake shook build­ings in Tokyo150 miles from the epi­cen­ter.

Tsunamis of up to 3 feet were recorded about an hour af­ter the 6 a.m. earth­quake, and the tsunami warn­ing area was widened later in the morn­ing.

Fukushima pre­fec­ture is home to the nu­clear plant that was de­stroyed by a huge tsunami fol­low­ing an earth­quake in 2011 that killed about 18,000 peo­ple.

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