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BREAKING: Magnitude 6.9 earthquake reported off the coast of Japan; tsunami warning issued

A powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, early Tuesday local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake was given a magnitude of 7.3 by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a possible tsunami hazard for areas of Japan's coast that are within 186 miles (300km) of the epicenter. Tsunami waves with a height of 10 feet (3 meters) are possible, according to the Associated Press.

There is no tsunami threat for the west coast of the U.S.

The quake occurred shortly before 6 a.m. JST (4 p.m. EST) and had a depth of 6 miles (10 km). At least four aftershocks have already been reported, according to the USGS.

The temblor hit about 57 miles east-southeast of Fukushima prefecture, which is where the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was destroyed by a tsunami in 2011.

Shaking was felt in the capital of Tokyo, which is about 166 miles from the city of Namie, located in the Fukushima prefecture and about 23 miles (37 km) from the quake's epicenter.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury, according to the AP.

(Image/USGS)