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6.5 Earthquake Rocks Japan Coast; Tsunami Advisory Issued

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This USGS earthquake map records an earthquake off of Japan (USGS)

This USGS earthquake map records an earthquake off of Japan (USGS)

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TOKYO (CBS SF) — A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan Friday, prompting a tsunami advisory for Japan coastal regions.

The earthquake initially measured 6.8 magnitude, but was downgraded to 6.5, and struck less than 100 miles off the eastern Japanese coast, about 176 miles northeast of Tokyo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

JAPAN TSUNAMI WARNING: http://www.jma.go.jp/en/tsunami/index.html

Tsunami advisories were issued for the Pacific coast of Tohoku region as well as coastal regions of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. Residents were being advised to immediate get out of the water and leave the coast.

There was no immediate word of damage or injuries.

Coastal areas of California and Northern California were not under a tsunami threat.

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