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Tsunamis advisory lifted after quake off northeast Japan

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    A magnitude 6.9 occurred off the coast of Honshu, Japan at approximately 1:06 p.m. Monday afternoon.
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TOKYO >> A magnitude-6.9 earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan early Tuesday, triggering minor tsunamis but there were no reports of major damage or injuries.  

The Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami advisory two hours after it was issued following the quake, which hit at 8 a.m. Tuesday Japan time, (1 p.m. Monday Hawaii time).

There was no tsunami threat to Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Hours later, another strong offshore quake — magnitude 5.7 this time — shook the area, following several smaller aftershocks reported in the area. There was no fear of tsunami or damage from them. 

The earlier quake’s epicenter was at a depth of about 6 miles. It shook much of northeast Japan and could be felt in Tokyo, 430 miles away. The second, which struck generally the same area at 1:46 p.m. but occurred at a much deeper 30 miles below the sea surface.  

Small tsunamis of up to 8 inches)were recorded after the first quake along the coast of Iwate prefecture, according to the agency, much smaller than the possible 3-foot tsunami mentioned in the advisory. 

The same region was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, killing more than 18,000 people.

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