Strong earthquake hits northeast Japan

TOKYO Fri Dec 7, 2012 3:30am EST

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TOKYO Dec 7 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake centred off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far as Tokyo and led to a tsunami warning for coastal areas of the northeast, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey said. That was revised from an earlier estimate of 7.4.

A warning for a one metre tsunami was issued for the coast of Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan, which was hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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