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7.0-Magnitude Quake Strikes off SW Japan; No Injuries Reported

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A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck early Saturday off the southwest coast of Japan, but there were no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake struck at 5:51 a.m. (20:51 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), about 190 kilometers (118 miles) southwest of Kagoshima city, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

A 30-centimeter (1-foot) tsunami was recorded at 6:45 a.m. on Nakanoshima, a small island to the south of Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island. A tsunami advisory for Kagoshima prefecture and a string of small islands was lifted at 7:20 a.m.

Two nuclear reactors on Kyushu island were not affected by the incident, the plants' operator said.

Tetsuro Shinchi, a Kagoshima prefectural government official, said that although there had been no reports of damage, residents were being urged to use caution.

A 2011 earthquake and tsunami near northeast Japan killed thousands of people.

Some information for this report came from AP and AFP.

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