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Strong quake hits off Japan near Fukushima

Passengers gather after train services were suspended following an earthquake at Sendai station in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

Passengers gather after train services were suspended following an earthquake at Sendai station in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

Passengers gather after train services were suspended following an earthquake at Sendai station in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo
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Passersby watch a television showing live camera footage from Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" on a street in Tokyo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Passersby watch a television showing live camera footage from Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" on a street in Tokyo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Passersby watch a television showing live camera footage from Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" on a street in Tokyo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Passengers wait on a train at a subway station in Tokyo December 7, 2012, after a strong earthquake jolted northeastern Japan. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Passengers wait on a train at a subway station in Tokyo December 7, 2012, after a strong earthquake jolted northeastern Japan. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Passengers wait on a train at a subway station in Tokyo December 7, 2012, after a strong earthquake jolted northeastern Japan. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Firefighters persuade residents to evacuate after a strong earthquake hit the area in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 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. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo

Firefighters persuade residents to evacuate after a strong earthquake hit the area in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 centred off the coast of...more

Firefighters persuade residents to evacuate after a strong earthquake hit the area in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 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. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo
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Local residents in a restaurant react after a strong earthquake hit the area in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 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. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo

Local residents in a restaurant react after a strong earthquake hit the area in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 centred off the coast of northeastern...more

Local residents in a restaurant react after a strong earthquake hit the area in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 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. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo
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People watch a television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" at Nagano train station, central Japan December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 centred off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

People watch a television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" at Nagano train station, central Japan December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of...more

People watch a television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" at Nagano train station, central Japan December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 centred off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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A man scratches his head as he watches television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" at Nagano train station, central Japan December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 centred off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A man scratches his head as he watches television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" at Nagano train station, central Japan December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a...more

A man scratches his head as he watches television showing live camera footage from Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture and an alert sign that reads,"Tsunami! Evacuate!" at Nagano train station, central Japan December 7, 2012. A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 centred off the coast of northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo on Friday and triggered a one-metre tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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