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7.2 earthquake hits off coast of Japan

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Strong earthquake hits Japan
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Tsunami advisory is called off
  • Quake was centered 105 miles of the coast of Honshu, Japan's main island
  • Tremor could be felt in Tokyo, 267 miles from epicenter, CNN reporter says
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  • Earthquakes
  • Japan

(CNN) -- A tsunami advisory was cancelled in Japan Wednesday, hours after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the main island of Honshu, the country's meteorological agency said.

The quake was centered 169 kilometers (105 miles) off the east coast of Honshu, directly east of the city of Sendai, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake occurred about 8.8 miles below the earth's surface, the geological survey said.

CNN correspondent Kyung Lah said she could feel the earthquake in Tokyo, 267 miles (429 kilometers) southwest of the quake's epicenter. It lasted as long as three minutes, but there was no significant damage, she said.

TV Asahi showed video of boats rocking back and forth, as well as images taken from shaken city cams as the earthquake hit.