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7.3 Magnitude Earthquake off Coast of Japan: Triggers Tsunami Warning

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A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Japan near the north-east coast of Fukushima Wednesday March 16.  According to Reuters one fatality has been reported along with 69 injuries.  Authorities have issued a tsunami warning with residents in costal areas told to evacuate. 

More than 2 million homes lost power, as reported by NPR, The Japanese Meteorological Agency said the quake hit at 11:36 P.M. at a depth of 36 miles below the sea. 

One person is reported dead and dozens of people are believed to have suffered injuries.

In some areas it was reportedly too forceful for people to stand, and buildings rattled in the Tokyo, according to AFP.

The quake jolted the region just a week shy of the anniversary of the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that happened back in March 2011. 

The earthquake was felt in Tokyo, 170 miles away. 

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