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Tsunami warning lifted after quake hits near Japan

20 April 2015, 10:29

Tokyo - School children have been evacuated to higher ground on some islands and buildings swayed in Taipei after a strong earthquake struck Monday in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa, Japan.

Japan's Meteorological Agency issued a warning for a tsunami of up to 1m, but it was cancelled just over an hour later. The public broadcaster NHK said there were no initial reports of damage.

Also read: Tsunami warning as 7.5 quake hits Papua New Guinea

The epicentre of the magnitude 6.8 quake was at a shallow point near the Yonaguni islands, the agency said.

It said no tsunami was detected.

Television footage of the area showed calm seas, but as a precaution school children in some low-lying areas of islands in the area were evacuated to safer locations.

- AP


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