Japan issued a tsunami warning on Thursday after a powerful earthquake struck near its outermost islands in the Pacific Ocean, but lifted it about two hours later. No damage was reported. The second-lowest advisory of the four-level warning system is to keep people on islands in the Izu chain, which stretches south from the Tokyo area, away from coasts and estuaries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said several earthquakes struck the region Thursday morning. It said the peak measured a magnitude of 6.1 and was 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep.
The quake was not felt on the islands or in the Tokyo area, but the Japan Meteorological Agency warned that a tsunami of up to 1 meter (3.2 feet) high could hit the islands’ coast. A small tsunami of about 30 centimeters (1 foot) was observed in Yene, Hachijo Island, the agency said.
No damage was reported and the agency withdrew the tsunami warning about two hours later. Earthquakes occur frequently and intensely in Japan, more than in most other regions of the world. In 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated parts of northern Japan and melted down three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
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