A Strong 6.9 Earthquake Hits Japan and a Tsunami Warning Issued

A powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan on Tuesday morning, local time. A tsunami warning was also issued and authorities advised everyone near the shore to seek higher grounds. Watch the live coverage from a Japanese news agency below.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially put Tuesday’s quake at a magnitude of 7.3 but down graded it to 6.9.

The earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was centered off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles) and struck at 5:59 a.m. (2059 GMT) the agency said.

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