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7.3-magnitude quake rocks Japan

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TOKYO, JAPAN -

An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Saturday morning off Japan's east coast, near the crippled Fukushima nuclear site, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Japan's emergency agencies declared a tsunami warning for the area.

The quake hit at 3:10 a.m. Saturday Tokyo time (1310 GMT), the USGS said.

The tremor was felt in Tokyo, some 300 miles (480 kilometers) away.

Japan's Meteorological Agency raised the tsunami warning for the area of Honshu. But the U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not post warnings for the rest of the Pacific.

No tsunami damage is expected, the agency said, but a slight change in sea level may be observed in some areas.

The USGS noted that there is not threat to the West Coast of the United States, or Hawaii.

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