Japan hit by tsunami after 7.4 magnitude quake

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A tsunami of up to 4.5 feet was observed around Sendai, Japan, a few hours after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima prefecture Tuesday morning, the country's meteorological agency said.

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Residents living in northeast coastal areas have been told to leave for higher ground and stay away until the tsunami warning is lifted. The quake was felt 100 miles away in Tokyo, and two aftershocks have been reported — a 5.4 and 4.8. There have been no reports of any major injuries.

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