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Strong earthquake shakes Japan, tsunami warning issued

TOKYO (NEWS1130) – A strong earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan and authorities have issued a warning of a possible tsunami.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. today.

The epicentre was 10 kilometres beneath the seabed.

The warning said the tsunami could be as high as two metres.

Buildings in Tokyo swayed for at least several minutes.