6.9 Magnitude earthquake hits Japan

The Japanese Meteorological Agency has lifted a tsunami warning after a 6.9 Magnitude earthquake off Fukushima caused people to flee to higher ground.

“Slight sea-level changes may be observed in coastal regions, but no tsunami damage is expected.

Pay attention when fishing, swimming or engaging in other marine activities, as there may still be slight sea-level changes.

No major tsunami warnings, tsunami warnings or advisories are currently in effect,” said the Agency in a statement.

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An earthquake and tsunami struck the same area in 2011 killing more than 18,000 people.

That quake, one of the most powerful ever recorded, also caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, where a massive clean-up operation is still going on.

Officials have said there is no sign of damage to the plant this time.

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