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Japan earthquake: Tsunami warning issued after 6.8 magnitude tremor near Niigata



A tsunami warning has been issued after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck close to the coast of Japan.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the country's Meteorological Agency issued a warning for a 0.2 to 1 meter tsunami along the northwest coast of the main island of Honshu

The quake struck around 30 miles southwest of the city of Sakata at 10.22pm, the agency reported, receiving the coastal areas of Yamagata and Niigata prefectures and the Noto area in Ishikawa Prefecture tsunami advisories.

The quake's epicenter was fairly shallow, about six miles below the sea's surface.

Shallow quakes tend to cause more damage on the Earth's surface, but the agency said the expected "fluctuation" of waves was unlikely to cause damage.

A map provided by the USGS showing the location of the earthquake (USGS)
      

Footage showed surveillance cameras on buildings in Niigata and Yamagata prefectures shake as the earthquake struck on Tuesday night.

The hardest hit by the quake could not be contacted by telephone, according to public broadcaster NHK.